H&M to offer new retail brand

H&M is about to deliver a new retail brand that’s sure to find a place in your heart.

According to Glamour, the global retailer will soon launch “Arket,” a clothing brand that attempts to “hygge, the Scandinavian obsession with all things cozy, directly to your shopping experience.”

Business of Fashion reports that the new brand will offer men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as homewares. Stores will sell both Arket’s products, brands beyond the ownership of H&M and even cafés, reports Glamour, while products will cost a little more than average H&M products.

With the first location opening in London later this year, creative director Ulrika Bernhardtz told Business of Fashion that Arket’s signature style will be one of timelessness, reports Glamour.

“The brand DNA is timeless, crisp, quality, and warmth. Timeless is style beyond trend. And crisp is the counterpart to that: to be always relevant, modern and fresh,” she said. “Quality is not only the feel of garments; it’s also how they are produced. Warmth is about being genuine and personal.”

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JW Anderson to team with Uniqlo for new line

Luxurious fashion is about to get a little more accessible, thanks to a new collaboration between JW Anderson and Uniqlo.

According to InStyle, the British designer announced on March 29 that the British designer will partner with Uniqlo for a Fall/Winter 2017 collection. The line, which will include both men’s and women’s apparel, will be available for purchase worldwide in Uniqlo stores and online, says InStyle.

Speaking on his upcoming collaboration, Anderson told InStyle that working with Uniqlo will be a perfect fit for his brand.

“When I think of Uniqlo, I think of things that are perfectly made, that people have spent a lot of time considering; it’s a difficult job, and I think Uniqlo do it very well,” he said. “Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels.”

Here’s to making gorgeous fashion accessible to all!

‘Fearless Girl’ remains on Wall Street

It looks like one woman has found her place on Wall Street.

According to the Huffington Post, the “Fearless Girl” statue that was placed in the famous financial district of New York City earlier this month will remain in the area until February 2018, says Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

Originally scheduled to leave her post on April 2, HuffPost says DeBlasio decided to make the statue a semi-permanent feature of Wall Street because of her message of empowering women.

“In her short time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many,” he said in a statement to the New York Daily NewsHuffPost reports. “Now, she’ll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires — a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit.”

The statue made its debut on International Women’s Day on March 8 says HuffPost, having a staring contest with the iconic Wall Street bull as she stands with her head held high and her hands firmly on her hips.

After public advocate Letitia James pushed for the statue’s permanence and a petition on Change.org to keep the statue up circulated and received over 28,000 signatures, it looks like the statue is here to stay — at least for a little while.

Women’s March on London shows solidarity

It’s easy to show that you care. In fact, sometimes all it takes is holding hands.

That’s exactly what the Women’s March on London did after last week’s terrorist attack in London where four victims died and another 50 were injured, according to Women in the World. Part of the demonstration that took place over the weekend were a “row of Muslim women stood holding hands along Westminster bridge,” there to show that their hearts are with the victims of the tragedy.

All dressed in blue with hands entwined, Women in the World says all those in attendance wore the color “as a symbol of hope and held hands for five minutes as Big Ben struck 4 p.m.” According to CNNthe vigil stemmed from a photo that showed a woman wearing what appears to be an Islamic head covering passing the scene of the attack while looking at her phone, causing some to criticize the unnamed woman.

Thus, the demonstration was about more than just showing solidarity with victims and the city of London; it was about proving that as a people, we are all united. According to Sarah Waseem, a Muslim woman from Surrey, the event meant just that:

“When an attack happens in London, it is an attack on me,” she told The Independent, according to Women in the World. ” It is an attack on all of us. Islam totally condemns violence of any sort. This is abhorrent to us.”

 

Target makes lingerie representative

Target is on a roll: first, they unveiled their new and buzzworthy #TargetSwim campaign. Now, they are making lingerie more inclusive.

According to the Huffington Post, the retailer recently announced that their lingerie brands Merona and Xhiliration will now offer a wider variety of nude bras and undergarments to match diverse skin tones.

“At Target we know that women come in all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities, and our assortment needs to reflect their outfitting needs,” Michelle Wlazlo, Target’s senior vice president of apparel and accessories, said in a press release, Glamour reports. “As part of our continued commitment to inclusivity, our team did extensive research to expand our intimate offerings so guests can find the perfect shade of nude to match their skin tone.”

The new shades available — which include “cocoa, caramel, honey beige and mochaccino” — are just the first of Target’s plans to be more inclusive, Glamour says — in fact, their plans even include ” a collection of nude shoes in various shades—much like the brilliant, though not exactly accessible, Christian Louboutin “All Women” collection)—this fall.”

But for now, the new nude lingerie’s price will be pleasing to all budgets, reports HuffPost, with bras ranging between $10 and $17 and underwear priced at $5.

Way to go, Target!

 

 

Larson to bring Woodhull to life in new film

While the recent election saw the first female ever to receive the nomination for president by a major political party, there was one woman who came before Hillary Clinton who put that first crack in the glass ceiling: Victoria Woodhull. And soon, her story will come to life on the silver screen.

According to the Huffington Post, Brie Larson will take on the role of Woodhull — the first female presidential candidate 0f the United States — in a forthcoming biopic. A suffragist, HuffPost says Woodhull ran for office the Equal Rights Party ticket in 1872.

Her efforts did not stop at running for the presidency; HuffPost reports she also “published a journal with her sister to promote social reform and founded the first woman-run stock brokerage.”

As for Larson, her duties on the film aren’t reserved to portraying the title role; HuffPost says she will also serve as a producer on the film.

Winslet inspires at WE Day UK

When you think of Kate Winslet, her memorable movie roles and acting prowess are likely the first things that come to mind. But that wasn’t always the case, the actress recently shared, especially growing up.

According to Glamour, Winslet spoke at the fourth annual WE Day UK event, and told of her  experiences being bullied as a child for her looks. “They called me ‘Blubber,’ they teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard and would laugh at me,” she said, the Evening Standard reports.

The focus on her looks followed her as she pursued acting, sharing that she was told on several occasions that she should consider herself lucky in her career if she could “settle for the fat-girl parts,” says Glamour. But Winslet neither settled nor quit; instead, she let those negative words empower her to fight for the life she dreamed of.

“I didn’t lock myself away and give up on my dream,” she said, according to Glamour. “I fought back. I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part.”

From auditioning for school plays to eventually landing her breakout role in Titanic, Winslet said none of it would have been possibly if she hadn’t learned to tune out the negative voices and take control of her own life.

“I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am,” she said, according to Glamour. “I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit.”

Keller named Givenchy artistic director

Sometimes, departing one job can lead to bigger and better things — even making company history.

That’s exactly the case for Clare Waight Keller, who ELLE reports will assume the position of artistic director for luxury fashion brand Givenchy, making her the first female to take the title.

Announced on March 16 on Instagram, ELLE says the news follows her January departure from Chloé, the French fashion house where she served in the same role for six years. She takes the place of outgoing fashion director Riccardo Tisci.

Young neurosurgeon makes history

People often make history for being the best in their field, so to make history before truly working in said field is something pretty special. Just ask Nancy Abu-Bonsrah.

According to the Huffington Post, Abu-Bonsrah is “set to become the first black woman to be trained as a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins medical school.”

With “Match Day” on March 17, Abu-Bonsrah didn’t need the luck of St. Patrick’s Day on her side to be accepted into the residency program — her talent and intelligence obviously spoke for themselves, as CNN reports that the nationally-ranked program only accepts between two and five residents each year.

Beginning her residency in 2018, HuffPost says the Ghana-born neurosurgery student said she hopes to use her skills to create healthcare solutions around the world.

“I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure,” she said. “I will be matching into neurosurgery, a field that I am greatly enamored with, and hope to utilize those skills in advancing global surgical care.”

Target takes down ‘beach body’ myth in new campaign

Temperatures are slowly inching upward, and with spring about to make its official debut, we know that days spent lounging on the beach in the hot summer sun are not far behind. While we may be anxious about getting our winter bodies back into summertime shape, Target is here to tell us that we are perfect just as we are.

According to Yahoo, the retailer’s #TargetSwim campaign not only aims to promote their current swimwear stock, it also sends a powerful message about what a “beach body” really is. Stating that their swimsuits are “for every beach body under the sun,” Yahoo says that the campaign features body-diverse models such as Denise Bidot, as well as “television personality and former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford, professional skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, and dancer and YouTube star Megan Batoon.”

With swimsuits in bold patterns and sexy silhouettes, Yahoo reports that Target’s campaign is as much about style as it is about feeling beautiful.

“Finding your favorite style suit is important, and we’re all about offering flattering fit and cut options to help guests feel confident in their swimsuits,” the Target swimsuit site says, according to Yahoo. “After all, you look your best when you feel your best!”

For Batoon, who models in the campaign, Target’s mission of making women feel their best is absolutely necessary — especially when you bare it all in your swimsuit.

“You’re baring the most amount of skin in public when you’re in a swimsuit,” she said, according to Yahoo, “so it’s important that it helps you feel confident so you can be completely yourself and enjoy every part of summer without the burden of insecurities.”

And with styles available in a wide variety of sizes and price points, all women can surely find something perfect for them. See all of Target’s swimsuit styles here.