Hall learns to overcome her hair haters

After getting her hair cut to resemble that of Anita Baker’s when she was 18 years old, Today show anchor and MSNBC host Tamron Hall kept the same style ever since, according to People magazine. However, Hall told Today.com that while she loved her haircut, others thought otherwise once she stepped before national audiences on television.

“I remember reading the cruelest, most awful thing about my hair online,” she explained to Today.com, according to People. “A person speculated about who I was as a person and even read into my personal life based solely off my hairstyle. He or she said I must be lazy because I have short hair. It was just devastating.”

The comments even led to her trying to grow her hair out to shoulder-length, says People — that is, until she learned to not let the negative comments influence her hair decisions. Once her mother mentioned Hall’s hair when she was letting it grow out, she decided to go back to her cropped pixie style.

“I’ve finally learned that this is what I like, and this is how I look best. And that’s great,” she said, according to People.

Once you learn to own who are, negative comments can roll right off you. To read more about Hall’s story, click here.

Beckham teams up with Target for new collaboration

Posh Spice is about to make her posh fashion a little more accessible.

According to the Huffington Post, Victoria Beckham is teaming up with Target to release a limited edition clothing collection for women, toddlers and babies. Announced on Thursday, Oct. 20, the Huffington Post says the partnership “marks the former Spice Girl’s first jaunt into designing childrenswear and arguably the department store’s poshest designer collaboration yet.”

Speaking on the accessibly of her new venture, Chief Executive of Victoria Beckham Zach Duane told Business of Fashion that Beckham’s clothing was never designed with a small audience in mind.

“The DNA of Victoria, Victoria Beckham lends itself to being accessed by a much broader number of people,” he said.

However, Business of Fashion notes that “Beckham, who launched her namesake ready-to-wear line in 2008, promised a fresh take on her repertoire, including some joyful prints. ‘It’s quite girly, fun, happy,’ she said. ‘I’ve always said [the VVB collection] is the other side to my personality, it’s the other half of my suitcase. The fun side of me.'”

With the all-new Victoria Beckham for Target collection is set to include more than 200 pieces, HuffPost says a press release describes the new line is based on Beckham, as well as “the shared experiences between mother and child” and will deliver “soft pastels, bright pops of color and pretty spring prints.”

Available in sizes XS through 3x, Business of Fashion says the collection will hit Target stores and Target.com on April 9, 2017, with select pieces also available on victoriabeckham.com.

So just how much will a VBxTarget design cost? HuffPost says pieces range between $6 and $70 — not too bad for fashion from Posh Spice herself.



SNL highlights fashion ad pitfalls

Leave it to Saturday Night Live to satirize the fashion industry and its portrayal of non-super model women.

In their recent skit called, “Chonk,” the late-night sketch comedy show promoted a new store that sells clothing from sizes two to 28, reports The Cut. The ad begins with a seemingly inspirational message of promoting the faux store, calling women “beautiful,” “strong” and “gorgeous at any size.” But it quickly becomes “toxic,” says The Cut.

Interspersing empowering messages in between the rather offensive store name of “Chonk,” the skit points out the implicit negative messaging in clothing advertisements directed at women which make them feel “othered”or subpar.

Perhaps the best part of the video comes near the end, when Chonk introduces their male store, called “Normal Clothes,” emphasizing that men may be less likely to deal with the same negative messaging in fashion advertising.

While the video closes by mockingly saying, “Every woman’s a chonk,” we all know that in reality, every woman is everything the fake ad said in the beginning: beautiful, strong and gorgeous at any size.

To watch the full video, click here.

Fashion for thought

Emma Watson has always had a tasteful, elegant style — look no further than her red carpet appearances for confirmation. But her recent posts on Instagram not only feature her classic style, they also promote sustainability and product awareness in the fashion industry.

According to Glamour, the actress and UN Ambassador has been sharing the details of her latest outfits in her Instagram posts all in an effort to make herself and others more conscious of where their clothing is coming from and how it’s being produced.

Glamour shared one post in particular, in which Watson is in Malawi with young gender equality activists. In addition to discussing her work with the youth activists, she mentioned the different pieces of her outfit and how they are made in eco-friendly and worker-friendly conditions. Sharing that her jacket and pants were made from “sustainable organic cotton canvas,” while her shoes were made by local craftsmen and her jewelry was recycled, Watson then wrote why she’s decided to post about her looks.

“You may have noticed me talking about my clothes recently – I’m trying to be conscious about where my clothes come from and also about the people who make them,” she wrote, also disclosing that she doesn’t get paid to promote the clothing brands she mentions, which included EDUN, Ancient Greek Sandals and All Blues accessories.

Here’s to sustainable fashion!



‘Good American’ is good for all

From reality TV to fashion to beauty, the Kardashians are certainly at the fore of shaping cultural and fashion trends. And with launch of Khloe Kardashian’s all-new denim line adds to their pervasive pop-culture influence, it may also have the power to shape the fashion industry itself.

According to Fortune, Kardahsian joined forces with fashion executive Emma Grede to launch Good American, a new jeans line “designed for many women’s body types, especially for those who have a more curvy figure” that will be available through the all-new Good American website and in Nordstrom stores.

Telling ELLE that she wants to ensure that women feel beautiful at any size, Kardashian said:

“It’s important to me, no matter what size I am or weight I am, to feel beautiful. Even at my biggest I was rocking body con dresses and you couldn’t tell me twice. That’s what I think Good American is. It’s about women of individuality and diversity, but also about being comfortable in yourself.”

Thus, the duo set out to create a line of jeans that enhances women’s natural curves and makes denim sizes a little more inclusive. Fortune reports that not only have Kardashian and Grede “spent the past year working on perfecting the fabric and contouring of the jeans so that the stitching is complimentary to all sizes,” they have designed the line in a range of sizes, from zero to 24 — ensuring that all women can find jeans that they love. The best part: Fortune reports that all sizes sold in Nordstrom stores will not be separated based on size, placing smaller sizes away from plus sizes in distinct sections.

What’s more is that each of the styles currently available — which range from a boyfriend-style, to a skinny jean, to a high-waisted pair — are all modeled by women with varying body types, says Fortune. Grede told ELLE  that such an approach aims to reflect the spectrum of beauty present in our world.

“We have girls of all different colors, ethnicities, heights, sizes. They have tattoos, shaved heads– everything. Because that’s really now what our world is. It’s not about cookie cutter ‘I’m a blonde with long flowing hair,'” she said.

Available for purchase through the new Good American site, as well as at Nordstrom, Fortune says the denim retails between $139 and $189. To shop the new line, click here.


Women celebrating women

When women support each other, something magical happens. And nothing is more evident than that in a new ad campaign from Ann Taylor.

According to ELLE, the retailer has teamed up with the hit Broadway musical, Waitress, for “an initiative that celebrates women collaborating with women.” Waitress seems to be a natural fit as the campaign’s first partner, as ELLE reports it made history as the first Broadway musical to have a creative team staffed entirely by females, with Sara Bareilles serving as the musical’s composer.

“The all-female creative team of Waitress was never something that was planned — these women are all at the very top of their fields, and that is why they got the job,” Waitress director Diane Paulus told ELLE. “I love that we can celebrate that with this production and also encourage the next generation of young women to aspire to leadership roles in the arts.”

Starring Paulus and Waitress star and Tony award-winner Jessie Mueller, ELLE reports that the collaboration will benefit the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which is “named after the late writer of the 2007 movie Waitress is based on,” and aims to support female filmmakers.

The collaborations also offers something more than inspirational ads and charitable donations — ELLE says that Ann Taylor will be offering their email subscribers 30 percent off Waitress tickets as part of the campaign’s launch.

To learn more about the campaign, click here.


Diversity in design

The fashion industry is slowly but surely getting a little more diverse — that’s what a new report from  theFashionSpot shows.

According to ELLE, the site’s biannual diversity report concluded after analyzing 299 fashion shows and 8,832 model appearances in the spring 2017 season that this season has been the most inclusive thus far.

“Of all models cast in New York, London, Paris, and Milan, 25.4 percent were women of color (compare to 22.4 percent for spring 2016),” ELLE reports. “New York shows were by far the most diverse in terms of age, size, race, and inclusion of transgender models — of the 10 cast overall, eight walked in New York.”

The report also makes mention of initiatives within the fashion industry that sought to achieve size and beauty inclusivity, such as the All Woman Project, which was started by models Charli Howard and Clémetine Desseaux in order to “highlight the idea that no two women are the same and illustrate the beauty of diversity.”

But beyond such initiatives, the report also named the five most diverse fashion shows for the spring 2017 season, says ELLE. Topping the list was Yeezy, with 97 percent of the models showing off its forthcoming styles being models of color. Following Yeezy was Kimora Lee Simmons — who had 87 percent diversity — as well as Ashish with 75 percent, Brandon Maxwell with 69 percent and Telfar with 67 percent, ELLE reports.

Also noting efforts to include plus models, the report mentions that Christian Siriano cast “five of the top curvy models — Marquita Pring, Alessandra Garcia Lorido, Precious Lee, Sabina Karlsson and Georgia Pratt — in his Capri-inspired presentation,” though the diversity report contends that body diversity continues to lag behind racial diversity.

Other categories included in the report focused on transgender models (who had an increase from five appearances in the prior season to now 10 appearances, according to the report), as well as older models (who also made more appearances on this season’s runway than before).

With diversity slowly starting to pick up in the fashion industry, the future of fashion is looking a little more representative of the actual population it seeks to serve.

Take Her Look: SparkFire Active

SparkFire Active isn’t just an athleticwear brand — they are a brand on a mission to ignite a spark of inspiration in girls across the United States and around the world. It should come as no surprise, then, that their apparel is literally stitched with the very message the company seeks to spread.


SparkFire Active is so much more than an athleticwear brand — they are a source of inspiration for girls everywhere. Photo by Nicole Funaro.

Launched in August 2016, SparkFire Active is starting small with a seven-piece line that founder and ‘chief fire starter’ Samantha Hodgkins says allows the company to focus more on spreading their message.

“Compared to traditional and incumbent fashion and apparel brands, SparkFire is really so much more about our brand passion and commitment to ‘igniting the spark,’” she said, as well as building “confidence and passion in teen girls, and supporting girls everywhere, believing that strong girls equals a strong world.”

But make no mistake: Hodgkins knows exactly what pieces she hopes to introduce to the collection as SparkFire gains momentum.

“I do have a lot of plans and ideas … and those include everything from a range of other tops like racer back tank tops, which [girls] love to wear and also for the warmer weather; sports bras, which they are very, very articulate to me about — what is challenging and difficult and doesn’t work for them and their developing bodies; leggings, of course, as their leggings are a part of their daily wardrobe and what they love,” she said of her plans to expand the line.

So far, the collection includes three long-sleeve shirts, three short-sleeve shirts and one “spark stretch” headband that features inspirational sayings part of the brand’s lexicon, such as “Be the Spark” and “Strong Girls, Strong World.”

One top — the Free-Spirit Spark Coral top — lives up to its name, combining a fiery coral color with a dynamic, yet subtle print. Featuring contrasting inset stripes and a slight v-neckline, the top is designed with both modesty and fashion in mind.


The SparkFire Active Free-Spirt Top in Coral. Photo by Nicole Funaro.

Made from REPREVE® fabric that’s constructed from 100 percent recycled PET fibers and blended with spandex , the top is both durable and comfortable, yet also breathable — a perfect combination for teenage girls on the go. The Free-Spirit Spark top also features four-way stretch, as well as moisture-wicking, odor-resistant and quick-dry technologies.

While the top certainly has all the makings of a high-quality athleticwear piece, it’s the even finer details that make the top particularly charming and a joy to wear. With sizes labelled as “Exceptional & XS,” “Sassy & S,” “Mighty & M” and “Luminous and L,” all components of the top seek to make the wearer feel empowered and strong. Even the sleeve of the shirt is emblazoned with a reminder to “be the spark.”

As if that weren’t enough, 5 percent of each purchase is donated to Sacred Valley Project, which helps girls who are “first in [their] family to get a secondary education, with plans to be the first-generation graduate and next generation leader,” according to SparkFire. The donation helps to fund educational scholarships, as well as books, supplies, room and board, lifeskills training, and mentorship — and once SparkFire sells 500 shirts, the company says a full year of education is funded for one of the students.

With every aspect of their brand seeking to inspire girls around the world, SparkFire Active delivers a thoughtful, sustainable and charitable alternative to big-name athleticwear brands, offering options that are specifically tailored to the needs of teenage girls.

So if you want a little bit of spark in your life, head over to SparkFire Active now to check out the rest of their collection — you can even get free shipping on your order of $49 or more!


Ferreira is fierce in new Missguided+ campaign

British retailer Missguided is being guided into the fall 2016 fashion season in the best possible way: with model Barbara Ferreira at the fore of their latest ads for Missguided+.

According to Fashionista.com, Ferreira is front and center for the retailer’s size 12-20 line, but her presence in the ads aren’t just about showcasing the latest fall styles. Fashionista.com reports that “just as Missguided+ is here to ’empower girls to dress however they want, regardless of size,’ according to a press release, Ferreira is ‘unashamed and confident within her skin,’ a perfect embodiment of the Missguided+ loud-and-proud ethos.”

Aligning with both Missguided’s mission and Ferreira’s personification of their goals, Fashionista.com says the campaign was completely unretouched, allowing Ferreira to show off the clothes — and her curves — uninhibited by unwanted Photoshopping.

In a statement released by Ferreira, Fashionista.com says the model explained that Missguided’s clothing and their latest campaign aim to prove that good style is accessible to women of all shapes and sizes:

”I loved working with Missguided on this new campaign. The clothes are a statement, and anyone can have access to this collection,” she said. “Missguided doesn’t exclude anyone’s beauty and they provide a range that isn’t like anything else. The clothes are fearless and just in a few extra sizes. The collection can let you be a badass b*tch without an asterisk or a label.”

And if that doesn’t make you want to check out their fall collection, nothing will. Click here to see some of Ferreira’s photos from the campaign

Education for all

There is no doubt that an education can open doors to worlds of possibility. That’s why Glamour magazine is trying to make sure that all girls get the education they so deserve.

Officially launched on Oct. 11 — also known as International Day of the Girl — Glamour’s new campaign ‘#WhenGirlsGraduate‘ kicks off a “month of action dedicated to improving the lives of girls through The Girl Project,” the magazine’s very own non-profit that seeks to provide girls around the world with the tools they need to secure a proper education.

Glamour presents three ways to help their cause, one easier than the next. To help give girls everything from “tuition and after-school programs to teacher training and school supplies,” Glamour says you can host a fundraiser through their Crowdrise campaign or, you can even make a single donation through that campaign, as well.

If texting is more your speed, you can also text GRADS to 20222 from now until Nov. 14, which donates $5 to The Girl Project.

But Glamour stresses that even raising awareness can help their cause, so be sure to use the hashtag ‘#WhenGirlsGraduate’ whenever you post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to help spread the word.

For more information about #WhenGirlsGraduate or The Girl Project, click here.