Tipton debuts private label collection

Last year, Project Runway alum Ashley Nell Tipton launched a clothing collection with JCPenney. This year, the designer is breaking out on her own.

According to InStyle, Tipton just launched her own namesake private label collection, complete with 14 pieces that are just as vivacious as she is. While InStyle says the line largely consists of “essentials” like shirt-dresses and bodysuits (that come in a standard solid and happy floral prints), it also is home to bolder styles, like “sheer full skirts, graphic dresses and of-the-moment biker shorts with lace trim.”

But what kind of collection would this be if it didn’t include accessories? That’s why InStyle says Tipton also designed three different eyewear styles, along with 24 wide-fit jewelry pieces that make for easy accessorizing with any outfit.

With so much wonderful in one collection, it’s hard to think it could get any better — but then comes the price and size range. With InStyle reporting that the line spans $24 to $99 and offers sizes 1X through 5x, it’s hard to beat what Tipton is offering.

Click here to check out the line for yourself!

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Graham gives [not-so-subtle] hints to VS

When describing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one phrase pretty much sums it up: a glitzy extravaganza of skinny supermodels parading down a runway in lingerie. But one model wants to see that change.

According to Glamour, Ashley Graham took to Instagram last week to share her aspirations of walking the catwalk of the VS Fashion Show by sharing a photoshopped image of herself in lingerie wearing a large pair of the famed angel wings, depicting her on the VS runway. While she already has the look down, Glamour says the photo is actually from her trip down the catwalk during New York Fashion Week for Canadian clothier, Addition Elle.

Captioning the photo, “”Got my wings! 🦋💐🌈😜 .. my #AdditionElle wings! #thickthighssavelives,” Glamour says Graham is continuing to put pressure on Victoria’s Secret to include plus models in their lineup. During last year’s show, Glamour reports that Graham “uploaded fan art of herself in a similar outfit, walking in front of the brand’s signature pink-and-white stripes under a sign that read ‘Victoria’s Secret Plus!,'” and days later, she told TMZ that she would immediately say ‘yes’ if the lingerie company called her to model for them.

Here’s hoping Graham’s dream comes true so she can keep breaking boundaries in the modeling game!

Hadid teams up with Stuart Weitzman for new shoe collaboration

Celebrity shoe collections seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but none are quite like the latest collaboration between Gigi Hadid and Stuart Weitzman.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the model worked alongside the famed shoe company’s new creative director, Giovanni Morelli, to create a line of mules that “reflect her own fashion sensibility.” So far, the collaboration offers two styles, says Harper’s Bazaar, which include “the EyeLove (in ballet and deep indigo suede, with one eye motif) and the EyeLoveMore (in frosted grey suede with multiple eyes) – each lined with shearling.”

Working off of an evil eye motif, Hadid told Bazaar that adding the symbol to her shoe designs is about much more than making a fashion statement.

“The evil eye is a powerful symbol meant to protect those who wear it from negative energies,” she said. “It’s emotionally comforting and beautiful and captivating to look at.”

While pieces from the line are not modest — they range from about $638 (£480) to about $765 (£575) — the collection isn’t all about high fashion and high price tags. In fact, Bazaar says that the line continues their long-standing relationship with Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that “aims to increase educational opportunities in the developing world.” The Hadid and Weitzman collection has already committed $105,000, says Bazaar, which will help build schools in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos.

Fashion and philanthropy — what could get better!

Beyoncé unveils holiday merchandise

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is officially time to start shopping for the holiday season. And whether you’re looking for a gift for a family member or a friend (or even yourself), Beyoncé has the answer to your holiday shopping woes.

According to Vogue, the multi-hyphenate has released her very-own line of holiday merchandise in a capsule collection called “Holidayoncé” that debuted just ahead of Black Friday. Filled with T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with “cheeky Christmastime phrases,” Vogue says the line ranges in price from $35 to $55, making the offerings a fairly accessible option for a variety of price points.

Some of the styles included in the collection include a glittery “Shinin” sweater, reports Vogue, as well as Queen Bey’s take on an ugly holiday sweater, which is in the form of “a crew-neck T-shirt emblazoned with the words, ‘Beyoncé Holiday Sweater.'”

With a Beyoncé holiday line at the ready, what else could we need?

Click here to scan the selection.

Kat Von D to unveil new metal palette

All that glitters is gold — especially when it comes to Kat Von D’s brand-new metal palette.

According to PopSugar, the tattoo artists and makeup maven is releasing a Metal Matte II Palette, filled with matte metallic options that shimmer just enough to wear during the holiday season.

Also coming our way is a travel-size Metal Crush bundle, says PopSugar, with both products serving as follow-ups to Von D’s limited edition Metal Matte Palette of 2016, which offered 21 shades with nine shimmery options.

While it’s clear that these products are in the works, PopSugar says there is no indication of a release date yet.

Drake demands respect at concert

At a recent concert in Australia, Drake wasted no time stopping his concert in order to defend one of his female fans.

According to Glamour, the woman in the crowd was being “inappropriately touched by a male concertgoer” when the rapper took notice and stopped his show to address the situation.

“If you don’t stop touching girls, I will come out there and fuck you up,” he said, followed by a warning that he’s not “playing.” Glamour says Drake also issued another warning, saying “If you don’t stop putting your hands on girls, I’m gonna come out there and fuck your ass up.”

Caught on Instagram video, Glamour reports that the footage seems to show security going to assist the female fan.

 

Cyrus collaborates with Converse

Everyone loves a comfy pair of sneakers, but thanks to Miley Cyrus, your next pair of kicks will be comfortable AND cool.

According to InStyle, the “Younger Now” singer recently took to Instagram to show off a few designs from her forthcoming collaboration with Converse. In four separate posts, InStyle says Cyrus revealed different samples from the line, giving followers a glimpse of a pink low-top sneaker with a sparkly silver platform, as well as a white high-top pair with a sparkly pink midsole and another white low-top style with a silver midsole.

Even in the midst of the glitter-fest, Cyrus did not forget about crafting an equally-stylish, yet un-sparkly shoe. Sharing a unisex styleInStyle says the singer posed with a white, low-top sneaker with a black and white bandana-print midsole, making for one ultra-modern, polished look.

Although no release date has been mentioned, one thing is for sure: we can’t wait for these super-sparkly kicks!

 

 

#MeToo stories take centerstage at ‘Glamour’ WOTY Awards

The Glamour Women of the Year Awards celebrate some of the strongest and most inspiring women in the world today, and this year’s awards were no exception.

According to HuffPost, at the Nov. 13 ceremony, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, attorney Anita Hill, police officer Ann Cardenas and model Cameron Russell all took the stage of the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. to share their own #MeToo stories, stories of sexual assault and misconduct that have followed since news broke of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Hill told of her experience in 1991 testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee after alleging that Clarence Thomas, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, harassed her when she was his boss and was therefore unfit to serve on the high court, reports HuffPost.

“The outcome of my testimony was not what I’d hoped, but in no way was it the final word,” she said. “In the five years after I testified, sexual harassment complaints filed with the EEOC more than doubled. Legislation against harassment slowly but surely began to pass. And I saw that we had a chance to shift this narrative.”

Raisman also shared her story, says HuffPost, saying that she is one of many abused by Larry Nassar, a former U.S. Olympic and USA Gymnastics team doctor.

To prove that there is always another #MeToo story out there, HuffPost says Raisman and Cardenas asked audience members to (if they were comfortable doing so) stand if they personally or someone they know has experienced assault, harassment or abuse.

The outcome: “Not a single person was still seated,” according to HuffPost.

 

 

 

 

Minaj starts in new H&M campaign

What could possibly make the holiday season more magical? Perhaps Nicki Minaj as a fairy in a new campaign for H&M will do the trick.

According to ELLE, the rapper takes center stage in the retailer’s holiday campaign film, which debuts on Nov. 28. The video “details the story of a little girl hunting down Santa Claus’ evil brother in order to save the holidays,” says ELLE, where Minaj plays the mother of the girl and magical fairy named Wisest Thingy.

ELLE reports that the film also shows off H&M’s new holiday styles, which went on sale in stores and online Nov. 9. While the campaign is a way to promote their latest designs, for Minaj, the story of the film is equally important.

“I love the film’s overall empowering message,” she said. “I love seeing this young girl become the champion that lives in all of us. There’s always magic in the air during the Holidays.”

Be sure to check out the film when it drops on hm.com on Nov. 28.

It’s not goodbye, it’s ‘later, baby’

Anyone who knows me knows that one of my favorite shows of all time is The Mindy Project, which wrapped up its sixth and final season on Tuesday, Nov. 14. While endings are never easy, this one was especially emotional for me. And here’s why…

Dear Mindy Kaling,

You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I feel like I do. Just like millions of viewers in the U.S. and around the world, I entered the universe of The Mindy Project and instantly fell in love with the quirky, over-the-top Mindy Lahiri and, in turn, became a fan of you. Your humor, your acting, your style, your confidence — I admired everything about you and the show.

So as the final scene of the series finale panned out and I watched as Mindy and Danny grew smaller and smaller in the glow of the television light in the fictional St. Brendan’s Hospital, I found tears streaming down my face. I was crying because it was over, yes, and because it ended with the hope that the duo rekindled their relationship, but also because I recognized something else in that dwindling last moment: I saw how both Mindy and I have grown, changed and evolved together.

I started watching the show on Hulu in my second year of college, which was in every way a tough year for me. From difficult courses to challenging roommate situations to being a generally shy and self-conscious person, my sophomore year began in a haze trying to find in myself the confidence to rise above the the circumstances I faced. I didn’t know what it meant to truly speak up or what it felt like to be a self-assured person, let alone be bold and brazen.

And then I ‘met’ Dr. Mindy Lahiri. For the first time, I saw someone who was completely confident in herself, someone who owned herself at every turn and never let anyone forget just how fabulous she was. Despite her immaturities, flaws and shortcomings, she was someone I wanted to be; she was successful and smart, and she knew her worth and made it known to others.

Watching Mindy Lahiri that year became a nightly ritual, ending my night with bouts of laughter that softened the edges of a rough day. I watched in amazement as she stood up to Danny in “Danny Castellano is My Gynecologist,” rooted for her as she navigated her many relationships, and hoped that she would soon find her happily ever after.

As the seasons went on and Mindy Lahiri’s adventures took her different places, I too embarked on my own journey. As Mindy applied for her fellowship at Stanford, I applied for and got my very first job on campus. When Mindy and Danny came together (and eventually fell apart), I found myself coming together, ditching my past insecurities for a greater sense of self. As Later, Baby began to take off, I was about to set off on my final year of college. When Mindy finally decided to commit herself to Ben and secure the happy ending she thought she wanted, I had my own happy ending when I graduated from college Phi Beta Kappa.

And as Mindy learned that she — along with Danny and her colleagues at Schulman & Associates — all changed for the better by the final season, I noticed that, after all these years watching and rooting for Mindy, I also changed. While I am not perfect, just like Mindy isn’t perfect by the end of season six, I now know who I am, I am at peace with who I was and the mistakes I made, and I know who I want to be going forward.

Now the show is over. Mindy has matured, and so have I. While the future is uncertain for us both, we’ve learned quite a bit from where we started: both a little messy, both in need of some polishing. We both seem to know now that, no matter what may come our way, we have the tools to tackle it head-on. We’ve come a long way.

With no more episodes left, no new adventures and no guessing what happens next, it feels as if I’ve lost a friend — the friend in my head. Mindy has seen me through so many highs and lows, from my surly sophomore year of college to my very first big-girl job in the media industry. But every story has an ending, and while Mindy Lahiri’s is over, mine is just beginning. And no matter what may lie ahead, thanks to Mindy Lahiri, I will always remember that I am a warrior, and my warrior name is “Beyoncé Pad Thai.”

So, to Mindy Kaling, thank you for creating a character that inspired me and countless  others. Thank you for showing us that women can be confident and outspoken, stylish and a straight-up boss. But thank you most of all for your talent, your art and your heart. You’ve commented so beautifully on what it means to be a female professional, friend, parent, partner and woman in the world, and we are all the better for it.

Mindy Lahiri will surely be missed, but she will always be just a click away. So while this ending is bittersweet, it’s not goodbye. It’s ‘later, baby.’

XO,

Nicole