Markle marches down aisle on her own terms

In what is likely the most highly-anticipated event of the year, American actor Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to be married to Prince Harry — and that walk was certainly one to remember.

According to ELLE, the new royal made her way down the aisle in bold fashion, first entering St. George’s Chapel on the arm of her mother, Doria Ragland. As she reached the Quire — or the part of the chapel “where the main royal wedding guests are seated” — ELLE reports that Markle escorted by Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles of Wales.

While Markle did have company making her way to the alter, ELLE says she made much of her trip alone, “making a feminist statement by being alone for the majority of her walk.”

Not only that, but Markle was not “given away” by Prince Charles, but instead walked to Harry on her own — something that CNN reports as being a historic move.

“No other royal bride in the UK has walked unescorted down the aisle at their wedding ceremony,” CNN says. “Markle’s decision indicates that she wishes to assert herself as a strong, independent woman who is prepared to challenge royal norms.”

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Wedding gown brand to offer extended size range

All brides deserve a gorgeous wedding dress to celebrate their special day — that’s why one wedding dress brand will now be offering an extended size range.

According to Glamour, Floravere‘s “Firsts Collection” will not only offer affordable bridal styles, they will do so by offering samples in a broader size range, specifically offering sample gowns in sizes 2, 6, 12, 18W, or 24W. What’s more is that Glamour reports that Floravere will not impose a surchage for ordering a larger size, a common practice at some bridal shops.

Beyond the extended size range, Glamour notes that there is something extra special about the brand’s “Firsts” collection: each dress “is named for a female pioneer—like Marie Curie, Judy Garland, and Amelia Earhart” while also making reference to the changes their collection will make on the bridal industry.

“I think we’re really the first to revolutionize and drive innovation in bridal,” Floravere cofounder and CEO Molly Kang explained to Glamour. “We’re truly the first to really offer luxury wedding dresses that you can try on across sizes, no matter where you live.”

In addition to being size-inclusive, Glamour says Floravere’s latest collection is also wallet-friendly, with gowns starting at just $850.

Click here to check out the brand’s styles.

Relive the Met Gala with new makeup collection

Every day can feel like the Met Gala, thanks to a brand-new makeup collection by Pat McGrath.

According to PopSugar, the famed makeup artist “teamed up with NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (which hosts the event) to launch a line of apparel and makeup inspired by the gala’s theme, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.'”

The mini-collection includes three pieces, all of which infuse the Met Gala theme in ways both subtle and blatant. For example, the brand’s Lust gloss will now be available in “Aliengelic,” says PopSugar, a “hydrating topcoat that applies like a balm or treatment while giving your pout a three-dimensional shine.”

Also included in the line is a five-pan palette called “Mothership IV: Decadence,” which PopSugar says features colors such as rose gold and turquoise. Finally, the Met Gala-themed collection offers two T-shirt styles, reports PopSugar, the product of a collaboration with the museum that produced a long-sleeve look that showcases a 13th-century statue from the Met Collection and another that features a gold foil Cloisters-inspired crown.

Available both online and at the museum starting May 8, PopSugar says the collection’s gloss sells for $28, while the palette retails for $125 and the long-sleeve T-shirt goes for $82.

Peruse the collection here.

Social media erupts in praise over ASOS swimwear model

Online retailer ASOS made waves when it began using unretouched models, featuring everything from stretch marks to cellulite. But now, the company is drawing extra praise for showcasing one model in particular in their lineup.

According to Insidershoppers took to social media to share their delight in the company choosing Vivian Eyo-Ephraim to be a swimsuit model for their ASOS Curve line. For example, Twitter user Katherine Laura said, “Glad to see curve models are actually the sizes sold and not a size 12 wearing larger clothes. Thanks ASOS,” while another simply wrote “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE!!!!!”

Others praised the move as a significant step toward achieving greater body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry, as Twitter user Martina shared, “she’s so beautiful and seeing my body shape being represented as well makes me so happy.”

Eyo-Ephraim told Insider that the opportunity has given her a platform to break down the doors of beauty standards to represent all beauty.

“”I am so grateful to Bridge Models and ASOS for championing diversity in the fashion industry and giving me this amazing opportunity to do a job I love,” she said. “To have the public respond in such a positive way to one of my first jobs is so unbelievable, it just highlights now more than ever that we want to see a wider representation of women and men on the high street and we are going to champion the brands that listen to us.”

Gaga reportedly has a makeup line in the works

Mother Monster may be in the process of creating her first makeup line.

That’s according to Harper’s Bazaarwhich is reporting that Lady Gaga‘s company Ate My Heart Inc. had filed a trademark back in January for something named “Haus Beauty.” The trademark, says Harper’s Bazaar, covers “everything from cosmetics to perfumes, colognes, and even skincare.”

While Harper’s Bazaar says that even though all signs are pointing to a forthcoming beauty line, a filed trademark doesn’t guarantee a finished product — or line of products.  But if her recent Instagram posts hold any secrets, cosmetics are almost definitely coming; Harper’s Bazaar points out that the singer and actor has been sharing several selfies that have pink and red lipsticks as their central focus.

But only time will prove the validity of the speculation — and here’s hoping it’s true!

#MeToo movement makes way for more female graduation speakers

Graduation from any level of education is significant, but this year, there is added meaning to the ceremonies.

According to the Associated Press, 2018 marks a milestone in U.S. college graduation exercises, as “the majority of the nation’s top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers” for the first time in at least two decades. The impetus behind the change? AP reports that industry experts are crediting the swing toward female speaks to the #MeToo movement that has reignited the flame of female empowerment in the United States and around the world.

And the increase in female commencement speakers this year is significant; AP reports that this year, “women account for nearly 60 percent of the speakers at the 25 schools that have the largest endowments and traditionally carry the clout to draw big names to the lectern.” In previous years, however, AP says women accounted for a mere quarter of the speakers at those same schools over the past 19 years.

While AP says that while some universities said the #MeToo movement didn’t specifically shape their decisions, companies hired to find commencement speakers said that they’ve seen a major increase in requests for women that correlated with the timing of the the #MeToo movement’s inception and takeoff.

“There’s been a much bigger push to bring in white females, black females — anyone other than a white male,” said Richard Schelp, owner of Executive Speakers Bureau.

So just who are some of the women speaking at graduations this year? For starters, Sheryl Sandberg will do the honors of delivering a commencement address at MIT, according to AP, while Dartmouth will host Mindy Kaling. Not to mention Amal Clooney will descend upon Vanderbilt, while AP says Hillary Clinton will return to her alma mater and speak at Yale’s commencement.

 

 

Swimwear line unveils active collection

If you ever wanted a swimwear/activewear hybrid garment for the summer, this brand’s latest collection will make your dreams come true.

According to Real Simple, “leisurée” brand Lively has just unveiled their brand-new Havana swim series, which includes three swimsuit styles that are designed to be just as cute as they are comfortable. Real Simple says the new collection includes in its lineup a “color-block V-neck one-piece, a multi-hued bralette bikini set, and tropical print two-piece designed for bustier women (available in sizes 34D to 38DDD).”

The best part about the swim series: Real Simple reports that each style is made with a ” a blend of breathable fabrics and flattering, stay-put shapes” that flatter your best features and never dig in or chafe, making them perfect for a quick swim as much as they’re ready for an intense game of beach volleyball.

And priced between $45 (for separates) and $65 (for the one-piece), Lively’s new swim collection will leave you with enough money to spring for a new beach coverup — and an ice cream cone to get you through a hot summer day.

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

Tiffany & Co. goes floral for fine jewelry

Fine jewelry just got a bit more flowery, thanks to some new designs by Tiffany & Co.

According to InStyle, Chief Artistic Officer Reed Krakoff unveiled his first fine and high jewelry collection for the brand called “Paper Flowers,” which — you guessed it — is “inspired by the idea of flower petals cut from paper.”

Done with an “organic shape and a very modern and graphic feel,” Krakoff told InStyle that the collection — which includes everything from pendants to rings — not only tries to make fine jewelry less stuffy, it also aims to offer a new take on Tiffany & Co.’s longstanding attraction to using nature for inspiration.

“We always strive for new interpretations, combining beauty with modernism, like in the Tiffany Paper Flowers collection,” Krakoff told InStyle. “We deconstruct the petals and rivet them together again with a pin. We’re beginning a new chapter of creativity, with a reverence for the past, but at the same time bringing excitement and surprise so that people consider us in a new way.”

Making its debut on May 1, pieces in the collection start at $2,500 and go all the way up to a lofty $75,000 — while another piece requires shoppers to call for pricing.

Ready to shop this pricey and pretty collection? Click here.

Cyrus creates stylish collection for Converse

If cool kicks are on your summer shopping list, look no further.

Singer Miley Cyrus’ new collaboration with Converse has finally arrived, according to PopSugar, and with it comes a lot of glitter, color and creativity. And for Cyrus, the design process was about giving her fans exactly what they’d expect of the colorful performer.

“I definitely had my fans in mind and in my heart when I was creating,” she said. “I put what they love about me and what I love about them into the design.”

Her designs range from pink-soled high-top Chuck Taylors to platforms with glittery laces, PopSugar says the star’s styles run the gamut — and even includes some clothing items, such as sweatshirts and track pants.

Perhaps the best part about her collection is that it’s totally inclusive: “No age, no gender, no sex — I wanted everyone to feel included,” she said of her designs.

Ready to shop the Converse x Miley Cyrus collection? Click here.

Ross reveals power of women’s fury in TED Talk

Hell hath no fury like a woman — and that fury has deep roots, according to Tracee Ellis Ross.

According to HuffPost, the actor recently gave a TED Talk at the organization’s annual conference in Vancouver, Canada on “the spectrum of objectification women have faced for hundreds of years, and the anger women harbor because of it.” What’s more, HuffPost says Ross explained in her 10-minute talk that this anger should be embraced.

“Women, I encourage you to acknowledge your fury,” she said. “Give it language. Share it in safe places of identification and in safe ways. Your fury is not something to be afraid of. It holds lifetimes of wisdom. Let it breathe and listen.”

Opening her speech with a story of a female friend who was physically moved by a man who was trying to reach something she was blocking, HuffPost says Ross used the anecdotes as a launch pad to explain the depth and extent of the rage women feel, offering that her friend’s fury was “ignited by lifetimes of men helping themselves to women’s bodies without consent.”

To make the experience more relatable to male listeners, HuffPost says Ross equated it to having a stranger take your phone out of your hand’s every day, and having the stranger explain away their reasoning for taking the phone in the first place.

“Somehow, no one ever talks about the person who took the cellphone,” Ross explained. “Men are so used to helping themselves, that it’s like … [shrugging] they can’t help themselves. And not because men are fundamentally less moral, but because this is a very big blind spot for most men.”

After stating that her friend’s fury — and that of countless women around the world — “holds centuries of never being able to directly address or express [women’s] indignation, our frustration and our rage,” HuffPost says Ross concluded her talk with two very powerful words as of late: “time’s up.”

“Time’s up on women being held responsible for men’s bad behavior,” she said. “It is men’s responsibility to change men’s bad behavior.”

Watch her TED Talk in full right here.