‘SYTTD’ to feature trans bride

All brides deserve to feel special on their wedding day — that’s why TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is welcoming all brides.

According to the Huffington Post, the long-standing New York-based show will feature their first transgender bride, hairstylist and makeup artist Gabrielle Gibson, in their March 25 episode.

The 33-year-old New Jersey native took to Facebook to announce her spot on the show, says HuffPost, sharing a photo of herself in a V-neck lace mermaid gown while standing on the floor of Kleinfeld Bridal next to consultant Shay and Kleinfeld fashion director Randy Fenoli.

Calling the experience “an absolute dream” in her Facebook post, HuffPost says Gibson is set to marry fiancé Jaden Rogers this November in a “country chic” wedding. While Gibson certainly enjoyed her “Say Yes” experience, she also felt her appearance served more of a purpose than just showing off a beautiful wedding gown.

“With everything going on in the media surrounding violence towards trans women of color,” she told PinkNews, according to HuffPost, “I wanted to show that we are people who just want to live and be happy.”

We wish Gibson and her fiancé all the best — and kudos to you, “Say Yes”!

Beckham brings signature style to Target

April 9 may seem like a random spring day, but for Target, it’s the day Victoria Beckham descends on the mass retailer.

According to Vogue, Beckham’s long-awaited collaboration with Target will finally launch on April 9 at Target and on victoriabeckham.com, treating customers to a modern, yet whimsical collection of both child and adult clothing.

While Beckham is most known for her upscale designs for her self-named fashion label, Glamour reports that this collaboration will make high style available to shoppers of all budgets, with prices starting at $6 and capping at $70 and ” most items falling below the $40 mark.”

Though the line features ’60s-inspired florals and playful patterns, each piece in the collaboration offers tailored, fitted pieces that look much more expensive than their price tags admit. Take, for example, the Black Daisy Peplum Top: with oversized flowers strewn about the top, the bold floral doesn’t overtake the top’s structure, which has a clearly defined waist and bust that will only create shape and curves.

Comprised of over 150 pieces, Beckham told Vogue that the accessibility of her clothing has been a chief concern for her and her brand. “It has always been important to me that my designs reach women all over the world,” she said. “I think it’s great [and] it’s a collection that women everywhere can enjoy.”

If this collection is calling your name, you can start staking out the pieces you’ll want to purchase by skimming Target’s preview of the line here.

 

 

Stefani packs style into two new eyewear lines

Finding out you need to wear glasses doesn’t have to be a fashion death sentence  — that’s what Gwen Stefani is proving with her new eyewear lines.

According to ELLEthe No Doubt singer has launched two eyewear lines — Tura—gx by Gwen Stefani and L.A.M.B — with the new styles set to debut this month. Sharing with ELLE that her son Kingston was the inspiration behind including her first junior’s collection, Stefani said it’s a chance to make fashionable eyewear for the entire family.

“He had to get them starting in kindergarten, and at first, I felt so nervous, but he loves them,” she said.  “And it’s amazing how life works itself out, because I have to wear glasses now, so we can all match.”

But beyond her son providing some motivation for the eyewear line, Stefani elaborated to  ELLE on her third collaboration with eyewear design company Tura, not only calling her design partners “dope,” but also sharing that they both want to ensure that her designs only enhanced a wearer’s personal style.

“…We’re very honest about the fact that if you’re wearing glasses, they’re not invisible. We can see them,” she said. “They don’t fade into the rest of your look. So if you’re going to wear them, you might as well go with a bold color, a cool pattern, something beautiful.”

Be sure to check out Stefani’s new frames for Tura and L.A.M.B before they are available for purchase later this month.

Sorority to accept trans women

It looks like the Alpha Chi Omega sorority is about to live up to its Twitter bio: “Real. Strong. Women.”

According to Glamour, the sorority announced a month ago that it will begin to accept transgender women to all of its chapters nationwide — a move that Alpha Chi Omega national president Angela Costley Harris wrote aligns with their mission:

“Alpha Chi Omega exists to develop and empower strong women,” Glamour says she wrote to sorority members. “If we are to continue to live this important mission in today’s world, Alpha Chi Omega must be inclusive of all who live and identify as women, regardless of their gender assigned at birth.”

So far, Glamour shares that response by active Alpha Chi Omega members has been positive, with several members around the country offering welcoming messages of acceptance.

While there are others who have expressed concerns, perhaps the move is best summed up by the director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who shared with Glamour that Alpha Chi Omega’s decision “demonstrates the growing awareness of gender identity going beyond the binary and a recognition and acceptance that gender is not binary.”

 

Sephora seeks to inspire budding female entrepreneurs

Likely one of the most recognizable beauty retailers in the game, Sephora isn’t just the store of choice for many makeup buyers; it is also becoming a source of inspiration.

According to FashionistaSephora announced an expansion of their Sephora Accelerate program, which “offers support and mentorship to female entrepreneurs in the beauty space.” The additions to the program include an “open application process” for sustainability and technology fields in the world of beauty, says Fashionista, areas that are both relatively new in that market.

Beyond the new application process, which closed in January, the program is expanding  their Classes for Confidence series, reports Fashionista, which is “the retailer’s schedule of complimentary in-store classes designed to empower women facing major life transitions, such as unemployment or serious illness.”

With over 300 hours of mentorship logged in its first year, Fashionista reports that Sephora’s Head of Social Impact Corrie Conrad said she hopes the program not only keeps Sephora at the fore of the beauty industry, but also inspires women to create their own success stories.

“I think that our purpose of inspiring fearlessness and female empowerment has resonated so authentically,” Conrad told Fashionista. “If you look at our client base, the majority are women — it’s building off of our previous ongoing commitment to [gender] diversity in the workplace.”

Zendaya partners with ‘#WeNeedMore’ campaign

A career in engineering or technology is just as exciting as a career in Hollywood — that’s the message behind Zendaya’s new partnership with Verizon.

According to InStyle, the 20-year-old multi-hyphenate has teamed up with Verizon’s ‘#WeNeedMore’ campaign, which “encourages students to explore the many career possibilities that exist within STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.”

To help show students the kinds of careers possible, Zendaya brought a group of 13 and 14-year-olds to Capitol Studios to show how she records music, says InStyle, giving each of them a chance to sing with her and learn from audio engineer Joshua Florez how to edit and mix sound.

Inspired to participate in the project by her parents (who are teachers), Zendaya told InStyle that watching her mother push for educational technology in the classroom made her recognize the importance of those tools.

“I got to witness firsthand how much that can affect a young person, how much that can open their eyes to certain things that they may not even know exist at the time,” she explained.

And this program is no different, she told InStyle:

“It’s just kind of opening their eyes to other jobs, and other things that they can be involved in that maybe otherwise they wouldn’t even know exist, which I think is really cool…I’ve always been lucky that I’ve been able to have two parents that exposed me to that. But not every kid has that. Not every kid even has a teacher that’s going to go above and beyond to expose that to them. So that’s why programs like this are really important.”

MAC moves to Ulta

Sold exclusively through their own outlets, MAC Cosmetics are about to become a little more accessible.

According to WWD, the major beauty brand will soon be adding their stock to Ulta Beauty stores, first making its debut “via the beauty specialty store’s e-commerce platform ulta.com in May and then via about 25 stores in June.”

The move to make MAC more accessible comes after a February announcement that beauty fanatics could shop their products at Birchbox, says Refinery29, an unexpected move that preceded an even bigger announcement. But when MAC finds a home away from home within Ulta stores around the country, they certainly won’t be holding anything back.

Refinery29 reports that in addition to popular products like “Kylie Jenner-approved lip pencils” and “Studio Fix Fluid foundation,” MAC will open up their own makeup service counters within Ulta stores.

One of Ulta stores’ most requested brands, according to David Kimbell, chief merchandising and marketing officer at Ulta, WWD says that by the end of 2017, MAC products will make their way to more than 100 Ultas around the country.

 

Iceland to require gender pay equality

Iceland is leading the way for women to achieve equal pay in the workplace.

According to Fortunethe country marked International Women’s Day by “becoming the first country in the world to require that businesses prove they offer equal pay to their employees.”

Mandatory for both public and private companies, Fortune says the law mandates that all companies that employ more than 25 staff members to secure a certificate that confirms their commitment to pay equity “‘regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or nationality.'”

With Iceland pioneering this move toward pay parity, let’s hope other countries begin to follow suit.

Dior T-shirts to benefit Rihanna’s charity

If spending anything over $20 on a T-shirt sounds outrageous, you may want to reconsider.

According to The Cut, Dior is selling a T-shirt with “We should all be feminists” inscribed across the front, and a portion of the proceeds from its sales will benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization created by Rihanna that helps support “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”

The shirt, which is available for $710 only at Dior boutiques, comes after The Cut says Maria Grazia Chiuri made a statement at her first Dior fashion show as the brand’s artistic director, sending models down the runway in the shirt, which echoes the words of globally-known feminist author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A for Rihanna’s role in the venture, The Cut reports that Rihanna partnered with Dior in order to show  that “philanthropic pursuits is a positive way for fashion to effect change and benefit women around the world.”

SJP launches handbag line

For Sarah Jessica Parker, fashion seems to be as much a part of her identity as her famous Sex and the City character, Carrie Bradshaw. First designing shoes and then a line of little black dresses, the multi-hyphenate is now launching a handbag line.

According to WWD, Parker released a new handbag line called The Seven Essentials, which will be sold at Bloomingdale’s and on Amazon Fashion. Part of her SJP Collection, WWD says the seven-piece line ranges in price from $395 to $695.

While this launch is an exciting addition to her current fashion offerings, WWD reports that this isn’t the first foray into handbags for Parker; in fact, her collection included handbags in 2014, but her new designs not only offer more versatile styles, they are also manufactured in the United States.

As for the silhouettes included in the Essentials collection, Allure says that there is truly a style for everyone available: “There’s a slouchy gray tote ready to become your go-to carryall, a flamingo pink clutch ready to liven up your next happy hour, a poppy red shoulder bag perfect for the weekend, a slouchy bucket bag, a timeless hobo, a sparkly pill clutch, and even a supertrendy backpack.”

Ready for some SJP in your life? Pre-order your favorite handbag at Bloomingdale’s here.