Smalls to design new intimate line

Victoria’s Secret model Joan Smalls is stepping off the catwalk to try her hand at design in a just-announced collaboration.

According to Business of Fashion, Smalls is set to “design swimwear and lingerie for Smart & Sexy that will hit the brand’s e-commerce site and Walmart stores in Spring 2018,” which will be her first foray into intimates design.

Business of Fashion reports that Smalls has worked with Smart & Sexy before, starring in their Spring 2017 campaign, and it’s there that the model connected with the brand’s mission and its founder and chief executive, Ariela Balk.

“I fell in love with the brand and the fact that they cater to women of all sizes at affordable pricing,” said Smalls, according to Business of Fashion. “Ariela Balk really impressed me and I found a great admiration for her as a businesswoman. When it comes to design, we agree in many aspects and we both are super excited about the collaboration.”

As for Smart & Sexy, Balk told Business of Fashion that the brand offers an affordable and inclusive alternative to more mainstream intimate brands, pricing bras under $15 and offering a size range that spans 32A to 46DDD. And with Smalls on board, Balk said that the brand will only further blend style with inclusivity.

“She has a great eye for fashion,” Balk told Business of Fashion of Smalls. “She understands that you have to make women of all shapes look beautiful. She also shares that philosophy that you don’t just make an item because it was on the runway and it’s the trend item of the moment.”

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Louboutin unveils new nude styles

When fashion expands to include a variety of sizes, skin tones and ethnicities, it’s always revolutionary. But when brands continue to be proactive on this front, that’s straight up inclusive.

Take Christian Louboutin, for example. According to ELLE, the global brand has expanded their four-year-old Nudes Collection to include two high-heelded sandals available in seven different shades of nude. The move follows recent steps to not only increase the number of nude shades from five to seven, says ELLE, but to also add a ballerina flat to their line.

These new styles, however, take their Nude Collection to new heights — literally. ELLE says the Christeriva style is a “ballet-inspired stiletto” sandal that features a grosgrain ribbon ankle wrap, similar wraps around the toes and a nearly four-inch heel.

The Cherrysandal, however, adds a bit more stability, featuring a five-and-a-half inch block heel secured by transparent PVC straps, an ankle strap and a single strap across the toes.

So how much will these nude beauties cost? ELLE says the Christeriva style will hit you for $875, while the Cherrysandal comes in at $20 higher for $895.

Designer dismisses critique of Lane Bryant line

Designing for a range of sizes is important; after all, everyone deserves clothing that fits and flatters them, not to mention makes them feel confident and beautiful. So when Prabal Gurung received some backlash from the fashion community for making fashionable clothing accessible to women of all sizes, the designer didn’t stand for it.

According to HuffPost, Gurung detailed his experience while speaking on a panel for the premiere of the Straight/Curve documentary, sharing that when he announced his plans to design for Lane Bryant, there was “‘snickering’ in the high fashion world.”

With one acquaintance questioning Gurung’s decision to make “clothes for fat people,” HuffPost says he didn’t let the comment — which was defended as a joke — get away unanswered.

“‘I said to her, ‘Words have power, it impacts people’…And I said, ‘It’s because of people like you that I wanted to do this, because I want to make sure that the woman I’m designing for, through Lane Bryant’s platform, feels that she belongs, that she is part of our world.'”

And it’s people like Prabal Gurung who help make fashion a place for all.

Wilson to debut clothing line in July

Clear out your closets, buy new hangers and make space in your dressers, because next month, a brand-new fashion line is dropping, and we know it’s going to be amazing.

According to PR Newswire, actress and producer Rebel Wilson will debut her new clothing line — REBEL WILSON X ANGELS — in July, a collection specifically for women sizes 14 and up. Launching with its Fall 2017 styles, PR Newswire says that the line “anges from everyday essentials to versatile statement pieces in a size run from 14 to 24,” with denim made from LYCRA® Beauty fabric as one of the collection’s centerpieces.

With everything from moto jackets to ultra-feminine dresses available, Wilson’s line will offer something to suit every style — something that Wilson herself worked hard to do, according to PR Newswire.

“I know how hard it can be to find the cool, quality fashion I want to wear, even with the help of Hollywood stylists,” Wilson said. “I’m so proud to be creating this collection with The Mamiye Group, and to give gorgeous ladies everywhere amazing clothes that empower them to express their confidence and chic attitude.”

Ready to shop? The line will be available online and in store at Nordstrom, Dillards, Lord & Taylor and Dia & Co., with pieces priced between $49 to $298.

Rihanna reveals new collection with Manolo Blahnik

You, too, can have shoe game like Rihanna, but her newly-unveiled collaboration with Manolo Blahnik will come at a pretty penny.

According to HuffPost, the multi-hyphenate’s collection with the famed shoe brand — called “So Stoned” — lives up to its name, featuring clusters of Swarovski crystals and even acrylic heels, which give a cool glass slipper-like effect.

Announced in the April 2016 issue of Vogue UK, HuffPost says the So Stoned collection will officially be available in select Manolo Blahnik stores and online starting July 6. But how much does it cost to own a piece of this design collaboration?

Styles like the knee-high “Poison Ivy” cage heel will cost $2,325, reports HuffPost, while the red jewel-adorned “Spice” block heel will hit you for $1,265.

That’s one hefty bill to foot in order to shine bright like a diamond. Instead of dropping all that cash, you can check out the photos of her designs here.

Swimwear company ensures all are beach ready

Finding swimwear that fits and flatters you can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but when online retailers offer a selection of stylish swimsuits for every body type, shopping can get a little bit easier.

Cue Lilly & Lime, a swimwear company that Bustle says is “designed solely for D+ cup chests.” Created by Emma-Jane Hughes and Ashleigh Hill in 2016 after failed attempts to find swimwear to suit and support their own frames, Bustle reports that Lilly & Lime now boasts a range of styles, silhouettes and prints to satisfy a spectrum of tastes.

The Australian-based brand offers sizes that range from 28D to 38HH in bikini tops and 8 to 18 in bottoms, which allows you to not only mix and match styles to build a look all your own, but also to ensure that each piece fits perfectly.

“When you’re bigger busted, you don’t feel comfortable in a bikini unless it is a great fit and you feel secure and supported,” said Hughes in a release. “Ashleigh and I know how this feels and how hard it is to find. We wanted to create a range that would empower women with larger busts like us to be confident, have fun and feel good in stylish and secure bikinis.”

From balconettes to bandeaus, high-waisted bottoms to cut-out briefs, Lilly & Lime has every style you could possibly want and in a host of cute prints and gorgeous solids. As for cost, these suits won’t drain your wallet any more than other big-name brands, with tops priced around $60 and bottoms costing between $20 and $30.

Sound like swimwear you need to make a splash this summer? Check out Lilly & Lime here.

Patrick posts body-positive Instagram message

Instagram is filled with before-and-after style photos, but a recent trend on the app has been to share how different lighting and poses can affect the way one’s body is perceived. While the trend has largely been fueled by photos of models or fitness bloggers, race car driver Danica Patrick couldn’t help but join in.

According to Today, Patrick took to Instagram to post her own side-by-side photo in which the only thing different was the way she was posing. While the photo illustrates that something as subtle as a pose can make a difference in the way our bodies look, Patrick’s caption shed more light on the issue.

“We all want to look our best at all times, no shame in that,” she wrote, according to Today. “But don’t let someone else’s body put yours down. Use it for motivation.”

Concluding her post with one last inspirational message, Today says the famed driver told her followers to always respect their bodies.

“We all know when we are treating our bodies with the respect it deserves. It’s the one and only thing we own for life.”

Gomez goes ’70s glam in Coach campaign

Never has leather looked so good. But when you put Selena Gomez and Coach handbags in the same photo, the results are stunning.

Look no further than the singer-actress’ first-ever campaign for Coach, which ELLE says features Gomez in several ’70s style photos shot by Steven Meisel. Clutching rich leather bags, Gomez is draped in lush furs, giving the photos a luxurious vibe that screams fall fashion.

Ready to get inspired to build your fall wardrobe? Check out some of the gorgeous photos from the campaign here.

 

Aden poses for Allure

Halima Aden is only 19 years old, but that doesn’t mean she can’t slay like the big-time models. Judging by her new cover for Allure magazine, Aden did just fine — and even made history in the process.

According to HuffPost, after “becoming the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete in a hijab and burkini in November 2016,” Aden earned another first, this time becoming the first cover star for Allure to wear a hijab.

But this isn’t the only history the young model has made thus far: HuffPost reports that Aden “became Vogue’s first hijab-wearing model in June and walked the Yeezy show in February,” only just beginning to cement her place in the fore of the American beauty and fashion industries.

Posing in a Nike hijab and a red, white and blue hoodie, Aden’s gorgeous cover photo for Allure is accompanied by the headline “This Is American Beauty.” HuffPost explains that while the magazine intend to make a political statement with Aden’s photos, the spread comes at a time when the public forum is filled with talk of travel bans and hate crimes directed toward Muslims.

For Aden herself, HuffPost says the model shared with Allure that wearing the hijab shields her from negative comments about her looks.

“‘I have much more to offer than my physical appearance, and a hijab protects me against ‘You’re too skinny,’ ‘You’re too thick,’ ‘Look at her hips,’ ‘Look at her thigh gap.'”

To learn more about Aden and see her Allure photo spread, click here.

 

Veras verifies body positivity in swimsuit photos

Everybody has a bikini body, no matter what the haters say, and Diana Veras proved this to be true in a string of recent swimsuit photos posted on social media.

According to Cosmopolitanwhen the model’s Instagram photo of herself looking fierce in a pink off-the-shoulder bikini drew negative comments from online trolls, Veras decided not to hide but to instead fight fire with fire — by posting even more bikini photos on Twitter.

Directing the photos’ caption to those shaming her, Cosmo said Veras wrote, “Here’s more of my lil chubby ass in a bathing suit since it offends men so much.”

With over 75,000 likes and 16,000 retweets, Veras followed up her popular clap-back photos with a written statement, sharing that she hopes people understand there are variations of beauty that deserve equal admiration.

“…Don’t forget that I can’t speak for all plus sized women,” she wrote. “We all come in all different shapes, sizes, proportions, colors, and ALLLLLL of our beauty should be celebrated. Even though I’ve had my own struggles with my body, I don’t want 2 silence the voices of other beautiful women who also deserve recognition for their efforts.”

Perhaps Veras said it best when she concluded her message by saying, “There is so much room for all of us to shine.”