10 Times Fashion Embraced Feminism in 2016


This year, models supported #FreeTheNipple by posting tasteful instagrams and even sporting sheer tops for photographers waiting outside fashion week shows. “The mission behind Free the Nipple is to raise awareness and affect chance, in the areas of the inequality of men and women that are still being experienced in the world today.” Kendall Jenner even posted on her blog saying she didn’t know what the big deal was.

2/10Artist Zoe Buckman presented collections such as Let Her Rave, marrying the masculine to the feminine asking which gender holds power. As an artist Buckman’s work explores themes of feminism and often uses fashion to send a message to promote equality. In her collection, Every Curve, Buckman uses vintage lingerie to explore the influences of feminism and hip-hop in her up brining. The instillation examines vintage undergarments and what they represented to female objectification.

3/10Lonely, the luxury lingerie line out of New Zealand, teamed up with Lena Dunham and Jimima Kirke for the #LonelyGirlsProject. The line encourages women to wear the lingerie in their own way and to be confidant doing so. Both Dunham and Kirke have often spoken out for women’s rights and pose in the Lingerie ad campaign without any touch ups. The message here is simple, women should love who they are.

4/10Christian Dior’s newly appointed creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, is the first female to hold the role at the fashion house. It is obvious to say that she did not shy away from sending a feminist message at her Spring 2017 debut collection. Among her romantic red prom dress and skirts and fencing inspired suits was a tee shirt reading “We Should All Be Feminists”. The shirt instantly became a hit on Instagram.

5/10Celebrities came out in full force to support Hillary Clinton, wearing tees that sported her face as well as posting for #ImWithHer.

6/10Fashion books such as W magazine and Vogue gave first ever presidential endorsements for Clinton.

7/10Vogue even created a tee with Hilary’s face on it, quickly becoming the fashion crowd’s favorite top to wear this November.

8/10Beyoncé even took notice of Clinton’s iconic pantsuit and showed her support by sporting her own in an endorsement concert. Queen B has been very vocal in 2016 encouraging her fans to vote, and did not shy away from sharing her hope to finally see the first female president.

9/10In April, Marks & Spencer and Dolce & Gabbana catered to the Muslim female market with full body bathing suits with looks with hijabs. This action instantly struck up the debate for the freedom of women to be able to wear whatever they want. Pierre Berge, co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent, became involved and spoke out for women’s rights. Anniesa Hasibuan soon became the first designer to begin pairing a hijab with every look in her show during NYFW.

10/10In September, several designers featured feminist messages within their Spring collections. Opening Ceremony cast its presentation with women who inspired instead of models. And Stella McCartney displayed messages such as “Girls Thanks” on her clothing.

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Fashion shows in 2016


Did you rock black or navy lipstick in 2016? Or crimp your hair? We take a look at the beauty trends that took hold over the past 12 months.

Dark lippy

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Katy Perry makes a style statement with her deep bold lip colour. (Covergirl)From Kylie Jenner to Katy Perry, all the biggest stars in the beauty business pushed a dark lip at some point during 2016. The look first appeared during the Autumn/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear shows but was quickly adopted by celebrities everywhere, with Rihanna and Taylor Swift among those who shunned conventional reds and pinks, choosing to fly the flag for black or navy lipstick instead.

Orange is the new black

Olivia Munn at the Oscars. (Covergirl)Of course every trend needs a counter-trend, and the dark lipstick movement was no different. Orange made a comeback in a big way, championed by the likes of Amal Clooney, who debuted a sunset shade at the Cannes Film Festival, and Olivia Munn, who showed up at the Oscars in a bold tangerine hue. Gigi Hadid was also a fan of the look.

No-makeup makeup

The barefaced beauty that is Alicia Keys. (Covergirl)At the other end of the spectrum was the ‘no-makeup makeup look’, which became more sophisticated than ever, thanks to innovative strobing and highlighting products. A hint of shimmer was the go-to look at many of the Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer shows, tying in with the barefaced beauty movement that has been championed this year by Alicia Keys, Cindy Crawford and Cameron Diaz.

Curls, curls, curls

Jennifer Lawrence was seen sporting the curly wave at quite a few high-profile events this year. (Covergirl)In keeping with the growing appetite for natural beauty, curls ruled the catwalks of 2016. Elsewhere, model Jasmine Sanders saw her profile skyrocket after being unveiled as the face of Moroccan Oil’s new curly hair care range, while stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway embraced a Victoria’s Secret-worthy curly wave for red carpet events.

All that glitters

Emma Stone shone this year, not just in La La Land but at the red carpets too. (Covergirl)There was a definite trend towards shimmery eyes in bright metallics this year — a look that was seen on catwalks from Chanel to Versace. Reese Witherspoon, Barbara Palvin and Emma Stone were just some of the stars to take the low-maintenance look to the red carpet over the course of the year.

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Versace accused of racist black customer staff alert


Versace accused of racist black customer staff alert. In America, Italian fashion house, Versace secretly alerts staffers when an African-American person enters the store … according to an ex-employee who claims the company also dissed his fashion sense and then canned him. Report by TMZ.com. The man worked in a Bay Area store, and in a lawsuit says a manager told him about a store code called “D410,” which was used to casually let co-workers know a black person was present — as in, we got a D410 in menswear.BTW … that’s the code for all black shirts in Versace stores … according to the suit. The employee says he shocked the manager by responding,

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“You know that I’m African-American?” He says after that revelation they refused to give him rest breaks, and fired him after just 2 weeks. In the suit, he says he was told he was canned because he hadn’t “lived the luxury life. Translation: you got no swag, son. He’s suing for unpaid wages and damages. Versace denied the allegations, and has already filed a request for dismissal of the suit. Note that this is ONLY an accusation by the employee and Versace have not been charged with any wrong doing. The case continues!

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Layer up to look stylish this party season!


Show off all those royal blue prom dresses but keep yourself warm using different layers like coats and jackets for this party season, says an expert. Sidhika Gupta, Fashion Head at Roposo, a fashion and lifestyle social network, has rolled out a few tips and tricks that you could use while dressing up for a party:

Transitional layering

It’s perfectly acceptable and absolutely smart to carry your summer favourites to the winter. All you need is a little colour balancing and subtle winter styling. Dress up your denims by layering it with a sheer lace slit-dress, or slay your slip dress over a full-sleeved turtle-neck knit. Even your distressed denim jacket and beige shorts have the dinner potential. ALSO READ: Winter fashion 2016 India trends: Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut and Sonam Kapoor are giving us some serious winter fashion goals

Statement jacket

Wear a decorative coat and don’t take it off, even indoors. What’s a party without a statement evening coat? This season be brave with your outermost layering and do not succumb to the ‘everyone has one’ black coat.

Pop it out

So what if the sun is down, pop out in a super vibrant colour. Take cues from the newly released pantone colour of 2017 – greenery, or stick to the classic red in the true Christmas spirit. Avoid colour overkill, just inlay the colour to pop your otherwise muted outfit. Throw on a pair of chunky black block heels with a matching clutch to complete the look.

The unexpected twist

Pair a lace blouse with a leather mini-skirt, or spice up your little black dress for an ultimate naughty-meets-nice contrast. Create the high-low by combining striking pieces. Sport the 1980s disco queen in a one-shouldered dress, or make heads turn in a high slit version – adding a flair to your basics is the key. Voluminous hair, tassel earrings, and oversized specs is the quirk we are talking about. ALSO READ: Koffee with Karan Season 5: Alia Bhatt’s appearance in powersuit marks her fashion evolution on the show!

Sparkle in sequin

If you want your outfit to speak louder than words then dazzle the dance floor in a sparkly and shimmery masterpiece. Heavily embellished or jewel encrusted highlights, more the bling the better. If you are not in for an over-the-top statement, then swap your embellished black prom dresses with a skirt or flared pant and offset the sheen with a pixie white top.

Metallic midi

Metallic micro pleated skirt is really big this year, and makes a stunning choice for the party season. Pair a silver skirt with a crisp white shirt, or go bold in black metallic with a dainty red ruffle top.

Velvet suit

Ditch the tweed or plaids, and trade in for an overall velvet suit. Take the look to the holiday soiree in deep burgundy, navy, or emerald green. If you are the chic, all black type, then go for the classic jumpsuit silhouette.


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The stunning white dress Jennifer Lawrence wore


Just when you thought Jennifer Lawrence couldn’t possibly top all the inspired outfits she’s rocked in the past few weeks, prepare to be WOWED! We’re not kidding.

And she was absolutely radiating confidence.

But what makes the short prom dresses even more special (apart from the fact that it’s SUPER elegant) are the hidden features!

That’s right. At first, the dress — while gorgeous — looks extremely simple. It’s white, strapless, and doesn’t seem to have too many bells or whistles or anything entirely out of the ordinary. Take a look:

But, look closely, because there are ton of details you might not notice right off the bat.

Like, check out these playful straps on the back.

Or the fact that the skirt is actually a mini-skirt covered in long, sheer fabric.

And of course, there’s the rainbow heart on her bust.

OH, and we LOVE her dark red lipstick. Stunning. The choker necklace completes the outfit…and we are just lost in our passion for this look.

And who would we be if we didn’t mention the hair? Digging how it’s pulled back loosely, so that a few wavy strands fall by her face.

Damn, J-Law. We cannot wait to see you strut your stuff in Passengers, along with your blockbuster dream team partner Chris Pratt! Now, off to browse some white short prom dress in time for Christmas…because if she can rock it, so can we!


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Farhan Saeed’s Wedding Celebrations Begin


Anyone in Pakistan even vaguely active on social media will know that Urwa Hocane and Farhan Saeed have been very open about their relationship long before they got engaged. They declared their relationship status at the Hum Style Awards earlier this year. They even shared pictures of Saeed’s romantic wedding proposal to Urwa in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris on Instagram. One can safely assume that Pakistani entertainment’s ‘IT’ couple is very comfortable being in front of the camera, which is why their wedding is also going to be shared with their fans.

And the festivities have begun in full swing. Pictures of the Hocane sisters have been circulating all over Insta and while we know that the wedding is set to take place on the 18th of December, it’s only natural for us to want to know more. The wedding celebrations are taking place in Lahore and from the looks of it, the who’s who of Pakistani entertainment industry have been invited.

There is no official confirmation of Urwa’s shaadi outfit but there are some designers who will be lending their names to the long list of designers who will be short prom dress Urwa and Mawra these next couple of days. It’s confirmed that Urwa will be wearing an Elan ensemble to the nikkah, which will be complimented by Sherezad Rahimtoola’s jewels. Faraz Mannan will also be designing two outfits for both the sisters. Urwa has, so far, worn Elan and Rema Luxe at her dholkis.

Other predicted names for the remaining clothes are HSY, Muse, Shireen Rehman and Munib Nawaz. A number of jewelers including Sherezad and Sonica are involved in the wardrobe; we also noticed Urwa wearing Ek Tha Panchi gold earring by Esfir Jewels.

Judging by the wedding invitation, it is also safe to assume that Fiza Gilani of Papermint events and QYT will be planning and managing one event each. And the most exciting detail of their wedding so far is the fact that the famous couple will be signing their nikahnama at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore!

Considering the couple’s crazy work schedule, with Farhan busy with concerts and Urwa busy shooting for Punjab Nahin Jaungi and Rangreza, the couple apparently won’t be jet setting out of the country for their honeymoon any time soon.

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La La Land’s Many References to Classic Movies: A Guide


From its opening shot to its grand finale, La La Land is awash with homages to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals. In fact, the nods start before the opening shot, with the announcement, in the opening credits, that the movie was filmed in CinemaScope, a format that has fallen out of favor since its ’50s and ’60s heyday. Some of those references are explicit and require no explanation: It would be hard to miss the posters that adorn the apartment walls of aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone), for example, or the window that Mia notes is the one “Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman looked out in Casablanca,” or the date Mia and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) have at a screening of Rebel Without a Cause.(Not to mention the couple’s subsequent trip to Griffith Observatory, where some of that film was shot.)

Left: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land. Right: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Shall We Dance.

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But writer-director Damien Chazelle also peppers La La Land with an abundance of more subtle allusions to classic films, and especially musicals of the ’50s and ’60s, including Singin’ in the Rain, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Funny Face, and more. Below, a guide.

Singin’ in the Rain

Chazelle hasn’t been shy about naming the Gene Kelly–Stanley Donen musical as an inspiration, and there’s no shortage of callbacks to be found here. The meet-cute between Mia and Sebastian at a pool party where Sebastian is playing in an ’80s rock cover band resembles that of Don (Kelly) and Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) in Singin’ in the Rain. When an annoyed Sebastian defends his honor by referring to himself as a “serious musician,” she teases him by saying that she’s a “serious firefighter” (a callback to an acting part she’s auditioned for). Likewise, Kathy states that she’s a “serious actress” of the stage, scoffing at Don, the movie star. Of course, both couples soon fall in love with each other.

In a less subtle allusion that comes during “A Lovely Night,” the charming duet performed against the backdrop of an Los Angeles skyline, Sebastian does a quick swing around a lamp post, in a manner just like Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain.

Elsewhere, Mia and Sebastian’s stroll past a row of different scenes being shot on movie sets is reminiscent of a scene in which Don and his pal Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) do the same.

And several elements of La La Land’s “Epilogue,” the finale in which Mia and Sebastian dream of how their lives may have turned out differently, strongly resemble elements from Singin’ in the Rain’s “Broadway Melody” ballet, especially the collage of neon signs, the appearance of the casting director from Mia’s “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” and the red-and-yellow color scheme.

La La Land’s “Epilogue” also seems to borrow heavily from this other Kelly film, particularly in its Parisian-themed set design and even its costuming. Several male chorus dancers wear black short-sleeved topz and pants with white trim, like the ensemble Kelly wears during An American in Paris’ ballet number.

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Is Selena Gomez Worth $10 Million?


Selena Gomez has maintained a relatively low profile in the last year. She took time off from her career to focus on her health and well-being but made a triumphant return to the red carpet at the AMAs last month to accept the award for Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock. It looks like the star isn’t planning to shy away from the spotlight again anytime soon, as she reportedly recently singed a $10 million deal with luxury fashion retailer Coach, according to Page Six.

The 24-year-old will not only be the face of the brand but will also create her own line for the retailer, Vogue has confirmed. Considering Gomez has a massive fan base and is the most popular celebrity on Instagram — with more than 100 million followers — it’s not surprising that the fashion house would look to the star to bring in customers.

The pop star recently signed a large deal with fashion retailer Coach. (Photo: Getty Images)

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In recent years Coach has made efforts to broaden its customer base by attempting to appeal to younger customers while keeping in tune with its mature audience as well. According to creative director Stuart Vevers, the brand is looking forward to “a new day at Coach.”

“When I first joined, I used our history as a touchstone, so it was for me to discover the things that would be believable at Coach,” Vevers told British Vogue. “I felt it was important to be bold and look forward and explore what the next generation want from luxury and fashion.”

The heightened attention on serving the younger customer shows how dramatically the brand’s focus has shifted within the past 10 years.

A number of hot young actors, musicians and influencers, like Michael B. Jordan, musician Diplo, Drew Barrymore and Zoë Kravitz, gathered to celebrate the brand’s recent 75th anniversary celebration. By garnering this star power, the brand is sending a message to customers that even though some might find it dated, it’s making a comeback.

Coach isn’t the only fashion retailer tapping younger celebrities and models to appeal to younger customers.

Classic American brand Tommy Hilfiger teamed up with young model and social media star Gigi Hadid for a shoppable Fall 2016 collection that debuted at New York Fashion Week earlier this year. The collection helped the brand to experience double-digit growth in retail and e-commerce performance, with traffic exploding on Tommy.com with a 900 percent increase in the 48 hours following the show, according to WWD.

As a global ambassador for the brand, Hadid has starred in many adverts for Hilfiger and regularly promotes her collaboration at appearances worldwide. The designer and model’s first collection was so successful that the duo is slated to show a second Tommy x Gigi collaboration in Spring 2017.

The lucrative partnership has obviously been beneficial for both parties, as Gigi Hadid was named one of the world’s highest-paid models of 2016 and Tommy Hilfiger’s popularity has exploded due in part to the collab with the 21-year-old model.

Signing popular models and social media stars to appeal to different consumers and boost business is a trend that’s not only prominent in the luxury retail industry but also within the athletic wear industry.

Earlier this year, Kylie Jenner signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Puma — a sports brand that’s often overshadowed by global giants Nike and Adidas. When the partnership was announced, the brand’s global director of brand and marketing said in a statement that Jenner “represents a fresh and exciting new era for fashion, and we couldn’t think of a more fitting and influential female to headline this campaign for Puma.”

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Spectacular outfits from the rubbish bin


Schoolkids are creating fashion designs that are literally rubbish – as they’ve been made by recycling items destined for the bin.

The youngsters have been inspired by nationwide fashion design contest Junk Kouture to show their artistic side and embrace recycling theme.

And she got a taster of what to expect when she visited Stirling High School to see pupils showcase their own designs in a junk fashion show.

TV host Cat with Stirling High School pupils showing off their work

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Art and design students from S1-S4 took to the catwalk to strut their stuff in preparation for the main Junk Kouture event next year.

Secondary schools around the country have until Friday, January 13 to enter the contest on the Junk Kouture website.

The young fashionistas have to create a wearable couture design made from reworked trash or other used materials.

Cat will be joined on the night by celebrity judges Louis Walsh from The X Factor, Saturdays star Una Healey, fashion designer Rhys Ellis and former Junk Kouture Ireland winner Katie Brill.

Cat said: “I am thrilled to be involved in the competition and it’s been great to have had a sneak peek at what Stirling High have been working on.

“They have set the bar high – the creations are out of this world.

“Junk Kouture is such a unique concept and the students who take part are all so talented and passionate about the whole process.

“I can’t wait to see what fabulous pieces make it to the grand final.”

She said the project helps young people get involved in a creative pursuit that many wish to follow

as a career. And it also delivers a positive recycling message.

Cat added: “We’ve got into a cycle of disposable fashion with cheaper high street stores where you think ‘I’ll just get this for a Saturday night and it doesn’t matter if is doesn’t last.’ It’s rubbish.”

Some fashion brands are already embracing the idea, with Rothy’s making shoes from recycled water bottles, and Cat says this is an opportunity for kids to get involved.

“You’re seeing it from the high school to high fashion,” she added.

Cat admitted she’s been guilty in the past of buying cheap fashion that doesn’t last.

But now she would rather spending a little more on classic items with more staying power that have been ethically produced.

Stirling High art teacher Amanda Speedie said her pupils enjoyed the experience.

She said: “From collecting the junk and coming up with themes, to working with hair and make-up artists to complete the finished look, it has been a fantastic creative process.

“Everyone has thrown themselves into the competition and we are so proud of the finished outcomes.

“We really hope this encourages the pupils to think about fashion design as a future career. We would highly recommend other schools to take part.”

Head teacher Paul Cassidy was also impressed.

He said: “We are proud to be supporting the creative development of our young people through our own Junk Kouture fashion show.

“Not only is it a great way for us promote our work as an Eco School but it also develops the students’ creative and problem solving skills – and the results are fantastic.”

The overall winner of Junk Kouture will receive £1000 for their school, £500 cash and iPad minis for their team-mates and teacher.

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Olivia Culpo flaunts her endless legs in high-waist leather


She won the Miss USA 2012 pageant, representing her home state of Rhode Island.

And Olivia Culpo proved just why she nabbed the title as she stepped out in New York on Thursday.

The former beauty queen, 24, showed off her long lithe limbs in a leather ensemble, despite the wintry climate.

'Audrey Hepburn is a huge role model for me': Olivia favours classic beauty and style

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Making the most of her killer legs, she wore her favourite high waist leather leggings adorned with silver buttons.

And continuing her rock chic glamour she coordinated the trousers with a short leather jacket, left open to reveal a polka dot shirt.

Carrying a studded matching bag, she laughed happily as she made her way through the trendy Midtown area of Manhattan.

With her glossy chestnut tresses perfectly styled, and sporting bold brows and a dab of pink lipgloss and blush, her look was complete.

In an interview she gave to Socialyte last year, the star opened up about the influences that had helped shape her fashion sense.

'I like to take a little from everyone, really,' she explained. Today it's easy to see what everyone is wearing easily on social media. You can get a sense of everyone's personal style.'

Getting more specific, she revealed: 'Some of the people I really admire would be Victoria Beckham (and I love her new line as well) and Olivia Palermo has a very interesting style.'

The Rhode Island native delved a bit into the past as well. 'Audrey Hepburn is a huge role model for me, her style was so classic and timeless that it still applies today; she's also a great example of simplicity and the whole idea of less being more.'

Meanwhile Olivia recently shared some tips with Allure on how she keeps her skin looking so alluring.

'Drink water! It seems really basic, but it makes such a big difference,' she said.

'I also try to be cautious about monitoring my salt and alcohol intake when I have a big event coming up.'

'That stuff just comes right out and shows up on your skin.'

She revealed that you don't necessarily need to spend big money on expensive products either.

'I make a scrub out of equal parts sugar and hair conditioner, about two tablespoons of each, and use that to exfoliate my skin and elbows,' she said.

'And if I feel puffy I put cold spoons on my eyes—it works amazingly well and doesn’t cost anything!'

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