New Disney initiative supports female filmmakers

Women have a story to tell, and this new Disney initiative is showcasing just that.

According to Variety, Disney’s new “Dream Big Princess” project has “has selected 21 girls and women from 13 countries to develop digital short films about women who inspire them.”

In addition to giving female filmmakers the opportunity to tell stories about the influential women in their lives that work in industries ranging from entertainment and sports to government and science, Variety also says that they will participate in professional workshops that include a “training session with Apple technical experts, mentorship from the female-led production company Summerjax, and meetings with Disney film veterans.”

All shot on iPhone X cameras, each filmmaker’s project will be shared on Disney social media starting on Oct. 10, says Variety, and with each like and share of the films with the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess, Disney will donate $1 to the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, which empowers and positions girls all over the world to be leaders.

One of the film’s subjects, Disney CCO Jennifer Lee, who Variety says won an animated feature Oscar for “Frozen,” says the Dream Big Princess initiative serves as an extension of Disney’s mission to inspire kids.

“Using the journeys of characters like Anna, Elsa and Moana to inspire kids to dream big is at the very heart of what all of us at Disney do,” Lee said, according to Variety. “The #DreamBigPrincess series is the perfect extension of that vision, providing a powerful platform for the next generation of aspiring filmmakers to create content about the women who have inspired them.”

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Schumer to launch inclusive clothing line with Leesa Evans

Amy Schumer has another project in the works, and while we are all awaiting another comedy special, what is coming is just as noteworthy.

According to PopSugar, the comedian and actor announced on Instagram that she is teaming up with celebrity stylist and costume designer Leesa Evans to create a clothing line that is designed with “all sizes and shapes” in mind.

While little details have been made available so far, PopSugar notes that Schumer offered that the line will be available at a “chill price point,” making it accessible in both size and price. Beyond this, Schumer and Evans have teamed up before to create an initiative called Stylefund, says PopSugar, which helps women “find their individual silhouette and create true confidence.”

Sounds like the duo’s new line will be consistent with their previous endeavors — and we can’t wait!

Dunham deconstructs before-and-after photos, all in name of body positivity

Lena Dunham is never afraid to make a point, and she did just that recently, this time using her own photos.

According to HuffPost, the actor and “Girls” showrunner took to Instagram to post two side-by-side photos that illustrated how her body has changed in the past few years. In the caption, HuffPost says she used the space to discuss how each difference in her body came with a difference in her mindset — and vice versa.

“On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy,” she wrote. “On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits”

Showing that being thinner doesn’t always mean that someone is happier (or healthier), HuffPost says Dunham ended her post by admitting that sometimes she looks at the ‘before’ picture “longingly,” even as an “OG body positivity warrior.” But then she “sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees.”

Ending on the words, “As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in,” encouraging all of us to “lean in” to who we are and accept ourselves as we are.

J.Crew extends size offerings

J.Crew is making moves — and one that will benefit all of their shoppers.

According to Glamour, the retailer has just unveiled a “collection of tops, dresses, skirts, and pants that’ll be available in sizes up to 5X, a first for the brand,” with sizes starting at XXS. To do so, Glamour reports that J.Crew worked with “size-inclusive minimalist fashion label” Universal Standard to create the collection, which is filled with fashionable styles and modern fits across a much more inclusive size range. The already-inclusive line adds to accessibility in terms of price as well, with Glamour reporting that pieces from collection retail between $50 and $150.

The move, says J.Crew chief merchandising officerLisa Greenwald, acts as a follow-up to the company’s previous efforts to add more sizes to their denim offerings, says Glamour, which began last spring.

“We knew we had more work to do,” Greenwald told Glamour. “We wanted to be thoughtful about our approach to sizing, and part of that meant working with experts in this field to glean best practices as we work to perfect our approach to fit moving forward.”

Thus, Greenwald says they paired up with Universal Standard and set about creating a collection that was “tailored for the real, diverse spectrum of the American woman.”

“We wanted to create a collection of stylish, well-made, great-fitting clothes, engineered to fit the new range of sizes perfectly and Universal Standard offered their expertise to do just that,” Greenwald said to Glamour, looking to “Universal Standard’s expertise for help grading designs for larger sizes, manufacturing, and problem-solving anything that might come up along the way.”

The beginning of much more to come from J.Crew in terms of size inclusivity, Greenwald made sure to explain to Glamour that the hope is to make all feel welcome to their brand.

“It’s a dedicated strategy to bring millions of American women into the fold and make them feel part of the style enjoyed only by the smaller women until now.”

Click here to shop the collection.

Cabello launches L’Oreal makeup collection

Make room in your makeup bags, because a new cosmetic collection has just arrived, courtesy of Camila Cabello and L’Oreal Paris.

According to ELLE, the “Never Be The Same” singer is making sure your makeup bag will never be the same with her collaboration with L’Oreal, named after and inspired by her other hit, “Havana.” The 14-piece collection covers all the major product categories, says ELLE, including “eye shadows, brow products, lip gloss, and L’Oréal’s first liquid bronzer.”

With shimmery shadows and sweet “lip dews” that are sure to give you a summery makeup look all season (and all year) long, ELLE says the collection delivers all of this priced at $15 and under. Adding to its accessibility is its availability around the world, giving those in 18 other countries — Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, and the U.K., according to ELLE —  a taste of Havana.

As for Cabello herself, the line is all about offering shoppers a piece of herself in some fun packaging:

“The process of getting to build a line from the ground up and getting to pick out the shades, and the fragrance of the lip glosses, and the packaging design has been an incredible experience,” she told ELLE. “I just knew I wanted to make a makeup line that was natural. If I’m not on stage or doing an award show performance, I really don’t like wearing a lot of makeup. I feel like this line is really an expression of what I would wear. It’s glowy and simple.”

To learn more about the line, click here.

Burberry brings on Vivienne Westwood for collaboration

Get ready for one of the biggest fashion collaborations of the year.

According to Vogue, Burberry and Vivienne Westwood will be teaming up for a highly-anticipated collaboration, largely thanks to Burberry Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, who cites Westwood as “one of the main reasons he pursued fashion design.”

“Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself, and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something,” said Tisci in a release, Vogue reports. “She is a rebel, a punk, and unrivaled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together.”

As for what we can expect from the collaboration, Vogue is predicting the collection will be filled with “subversive corsetry, signature tartans—Westwood has her own plaid trademarked in the official Scottish registry, as does Burberry—and high-drama runway shows.”

But don’t go getting yourself all set for this fashion match made in heaven just yet — Vogue says the collection won’t make its debut until December 2018.

So let’s just say it will be one of the first gifts of Christmas 2018, and we can’t wait to unwrap it all!

Graham, Elesser bring ‘body revolution’ to ‘Vogue Arabia’

If being comfortable in your own skin is a revolution, these two models can bring their revolution to every corner of the globe — and that’s exactly what they’re doing.

According to Cosmopolitan, models Ashley Graham and Paloma Elesser are sharing the cover of Vogue Arabia‘s July/August issue, dubbed their “Body Revolution” issue as it boasts “The best summer looks to celebrate all shapes.” While both look just as stunning in silver in their shared cover as they do in their close-up solo covers, what they said inside the magazine is just as eye-catching.

Cosmo says Graham discussed how she believes making people feel good and comfortable in their own skin is something of a “calling” for her.

“My mother told me that when I walked into a room, I would greet every single person — even at three years old. It was more of an emotion that I would give people, and it would leave them feeling good about who they are,” she explained. “I think that’s what I’m doing today: letting women know that they are worthy, that they are beautiful, and that they can be happy with who they are in their skin.”

Elesser, however, took her turn to describe how she has come to accept herself, which has everything to do with how she manages her feelings about her body and nothing to do with changing who she is.

“The feelings that I have about my body today aren’t very different from the way I felt about it in first grade,” she said, according to Cosmo. “What has changed is the way I navigate those feelings.”

 

Luxury brand launches NY Yankees collection

If you love the New York Yankees and have an abundance of disposable funds, this new collection is for you.

According to PopSugar, luxury brand Gucci has just debuted a brand-new New York Yankees collection that features only the most tricked-out fan items you’ve ever seen. From baseball caps and beanies, to full-length wool scarves, PopSugar says all the pieces are emblazoned in “detailed embroidery and patch details” that include flower and butterfly appliqué.

While these ultra-fancy Yankees gear sounds enticing, they certainly come at a price: PopSugar reports that pieces from the collection clock in between $340 and $590.

Ready to shop the line? Click here to check it out.

ASOS unveils rainproof jumpsuit for customers in wheelchairs

ASOS’s most recent move is fashion inclusivity at its finest.

According to Glamour, the British retailer partnered with Chloe Ball-Hopkins, a reporter and model who uses a wheelchair, to design a “a tie-dye rain suit—one that can be zipped together into a jumpsuit” that is “designed specifically with wheelchair users in mind.”

Glamour reports that the jumpsuit is said to be fully waterproof, and comes complete with longer back hem to provide extra coverage and is cut in a relaxed fit. Perhaps the best part is that not only did Ball-Hopkins have a hand in the design process to make sure it was an accessible piece of clothing, Glamour says she also serves as the model for the piece on ASOS’s site, where the jumpsuit is sold for $64.

Ball-Hopkins took to Twitter last week to share the collaboration and offer praise for the accessible design.

“So over the last several months I have been working with @ASOS to create a fashionable, yet practical waterproof all in one,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Not just for people like me in a chair but for anyone. It’s about making fashion accessible! So what should be next?!”

As for what’s next, hopefully it’s more accessible and inclusive clothing, because the new jumpsuit debuted to much acclaim on Twitter, with several users, including blogger Shona Louise, marveling over the garment’s inclusivity.

“”It’s actually been designed with wheelchair users in mind!!” Shona tweeted, according to Glamour. “Accessible clothing on @ASOS 😳 I seriously never thought I’d see this happen, so happy ☺️ I kind of want it.”

Here’s to much more of this in the future!

Cosmetics company giving away wedding gown

If wedding bells will be chiming in your near future, a new giveaway aims to get you decked out for your big day, from head to toe — literally.

According to PopSugar, Benefit Cosmetics has just launched a brand-new giveaway in conjunction that will not only “give you perfect, face-framing eyebrows, but if you’re lucky you could also win a wedding gown.”

Here’s how PopSugar says the contest works: when brides-to-be stop in a Benefit Boutique for a free Bridal Brow Mapping session and makeover to whip their brows into shape from now until Aug. 31, they are automatically entered to win a free Morilee wedding gown by Madeline Gardner.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 1, says PopSugar, and the prize will be a gown worth about $1,200 — all for being pampered by Benefit!

Ready to snag your chance at a free wedding dress? Click here to enter the contest online, and find your nearest Benefit Boutique here.