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.

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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!

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.

Stila lipstick selling out for best reason

Who knew lipstick could be so empowering? Apparently Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

According to PopSugar, when the 28-year-old candidate from New York’s 14th Congressional District defeated “10-term incumbent” Representative Joseph Crowley in a stunning primary victory, she did so while wearing a bright red shade of lipstick — one that caught the eye of Twitter users, who began inquiring after the happy hue.

While Ocasio-Cortez told her followers in a response tweet that the exact lipstick was Stila’s “Stay All Day” liquid lipstick in the shade “Beso,” PopSugar says the decision wear red carried more significance than readily noticeable.

“…Suffragettes in the early 1900s wore the hue while protesting for women’s right to vote,” reports PopSugar, while “in 1912, the real-life Elizabeth Arden even handed out a similar lipstick to NYC marchers as a token of unity.”

And since Ocasio-Cortez revealed her lipstick shade, PopSugar says not only has Sephora sold out of the hue, her Twitter followers shared their support by sending their photos of their own Stila lip slicks.

History-infused or not, this show of women supporting women is encouraging — and, as PopSugar points out, don’t forget to focus on what really matters: what Ocasio-Cortez’s platform is: she “supports Medicare for all, abolishing ICE, expanding LGBTQ+ rights, and creating an assault weapons ban.”

 

 

Fenty unveils new summer products

If we needed another reason to love summer beyond the sunshine and warm weather, Rihanna just gave us one: a new Fenty release.

According to ELLE, the multi-hyphenate has announced a new Fenty eye product collection, which mainly includes eyeshadow, eyeshadow primer and liquid liner. Making its debut on July 6, ELLE says the collection features the Moroccan Spice palette — the brand’s second-ever eyeshadow palette, following the Galaxy palette last year” — which offers “diamond-shaped shimmer and matte shades in toasty hues.”

Matte shades in the eyeshadow palette include a warm terra cotta, charcoal and even a dusty mauve, while the shimmery shadow look to be a bit more fun, with a sparkly emerald making an appearance in the palette.

Beyond the palette, ELLE says the collection will include a Pro Filter Eye Primer to hold onto all of that gorgeous eyeshadow color, as well as eyeshadow brushes to get the perfect eye look. Finishing off the look is what ELLE says is a “long-wear liquid liner that’s formulated to be water-resistant with a satin sheen” that is aptly named Flyliner.

Ready to shop the new products? ELLE says the collection will be available for purchase at Sephora, as well as Harvey Nichols and on Fenty Beauty’s website.

Bra brand adds 24 new sizes

Bra shopping just got a little easier, thanks to ThirdLove.

According to Cosmopolitan, the intimates brand has announced that it they will not only begin offering half cup sizes, they are also adding a total of 24 new sizes to their collection. Additionally, the cup sizes will “range from AA through H and up to a 48-band size,” says Cosmo, giving ThirdLove a grand total of 70 sizes — more than double the offerings of competitor brands.

Chief Creative Officer for ThirdLove Ra’el Cohen told Cosmo that the more inclusive sizing aims to provide true-to-size styles that are supportive and stylish.

“We know you can’t just take a 34B and scale it up to a 40G — that’s a recipe for a bad fit,” she said. “We’ve worked tirelessly to design bras that don’t just scale up in size, but that have additional supportive elements that are nearly unperceivable to the naked eye.”

All of these inclusive sizes almost sounds too good to be true, and it kind of is — for now. Cosmo reports that while these sizes are currently available solely for the brand’s 24/7 Perfect Coverage Bra, ThirdLove does plan to extend the sizing to more designs in the near future.

 

H&M restructures sizing, expands size range

H&M is poised to overhaul its sizing system, and the changes are making way for a greater range of sizes.

According to Glamour, a spokesperson for the brand explained that “H&M in the USA will be updating their sizing structure for ladies’ customer starting with new summer and fall 2018 products.” And this new sizing will affect customers in more ways than one.

For example, Glamour says shoppers should anticipate wearing one numerical size smaller than their usual size in the store, something they plan to make known to their customers by placing explanatory tags on items that would be affected by the changes. Also coming on the heels of this update is an extended size range, which Glamour reports will now span from 0 to 26.

While the changes are new to the U.S., they originated across the pond. Glamour says that size updates were first reported in the U.K. last month, in which “an H&M spokesperson announced that the brand was ‘taking the steps to change our womenswear measurements to be in line with [standard] UK sizing,’ according to the BBC,” something that followed months of customer complaints about inconsistent sizing.

Now that the changes are hitting North America, hopefully this marks the beginning of truer sizing and better fit.