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!

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Model makes history closing Chanel Haute Couture show

Imagine if a single walk could make history — for one model, it did.

According to ELLE, Sudanese model Adut Akech Bior made history as the second black model ever to close out a Chanel Couture Show after she was hand-selected by creative director Karl Lagerfeld to close out the fashion house’s Fall 2018 show in Paris.  Dressed in a ” mint green two-piece tweed suit featuring a foliage pattern, embellished with sequins on the front of the jacket and along the sides of the skirt,” ELLE says Bior became the second only to fellow Sudanese model Alek Wek, who accomplished the feat in 2004.

Taking to Instagram to share some photos of her historic walk, ELLE says Bior expressed her gratitude for the opportunity — and for the chance to see her dreams come true right before her eyes.

“Cannot believe I just made history by being Chanel’s second black couture bride, this is one of my most proudest achievement!!! @karllagerfeld @amandaharlech@aurelieduclos and the whole Chanel team thank you so much from the deepest bottom of my heart for once again believing in me,” she wrote. “It was a life time honour being the chosen bride to close your beautiful show in the MOST breathtaking dress I have ever seen in my life. This was just a special moment that I will always remember and cherish for as long as I live.”

 

 

Siriano: Business tripled, thanks to extended sizes

Who can singlehandedly triple their business, restructure an entire industry and redefine the commonly-accepted depiction of beauty? Only one person: Christian Siriano.

According to Glamour, the fashion designer — who has featured plus-size models in his fashion shows and has been determined to make his clothing size inclusive — recently explained the scope of the impact these moves have had on his business. In a panel discussion at the 92nd St. Y with executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fern Malli, the 32-year-old Siriano said his business has changed drastically, and all for the better.

“Adding plus sizes to my line tripled my business. Why wouldn’t you do that?! Do we not want to triple the business?” he said. “Do we not think these women should wear our clothes? Do we not want these women to have beautiful things because we’re afraid they’re not beautiful? What is going on here?”

Now 50 percent plus sizes, according to Glamour, Siriano’s business has clearly changed for the better — and it’s doing the same for the fashion industry at large.

“We got Moda Operandi to change their whole website—now they go up to our sizes,” he said. “Knowing we have a part in change like that, it’s amazing…but it’s still crazy to me that it’s not the norm.”

Amen to that.

Fashion brands respond to ‘don’t care’ jacket

Last week, First Lady Melania Trump travelled to Texas to visit a shelter for children who were separated from their parents and guardians at the U.S. border; to make her unannounced trip, Glamour says she wore a ZARA jacket that read “I Really Don’t Dare, Do U?” on the back. Now, fashion brands the world over are responding with a message in reverse.

According to Glamour, Wildfang was first to take action, releasing a jacket that reads “I Really Care, Don’t U?” along with a “limited capsule collection titled “I REALLY CARE”, with 100 percent of proceeds going to RAICES Texas, which offers legal services and resources to immigrants.”

Emma McIlroy, CEO of Wildfang, told Glamour that they decided to create the collection not only because the moment “could not go unnoticed,” but also because it offered a chance to do some good in the world.

“Because we now make the majority of our products, we are able to turn things around like this, so when we’re passionate about something, we take control of the situation,” she said. “Our customers have gone bananas over this—the support is overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more proud to align with them in support of these families.”

Other brands also joined in, says Glamour, with PSA (Public Service Apparel), unveiling a similarly-worded graphic T-shirt that’s part of its Rapid Response/Limited Edition line; currently available for preorder, Glamour reports proceeds from the shirt’s sales will benefit immigrant youth network United We Dream.

Lingua Franca offered up their take on the do-gooder responsewear, creating a stitched sweater that says “We Care A Lot” that Glamour says will send $100 from each sale to the charity of the buyer’s choice.

Who says fashion can’t make a literal statement?

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.

Crayon brand launches makeup collection

If the colors of your childhood crayon box inspired your current passion for makeup, brace yourself: a famous crayon brand has just unveiled their very own collection of cosmetics.

According to ELLE, Crayola has launched their new Crayola Beauty line exclusively with British retailer ASOS.com, complete with packaging that will take your back to your grammar school days. Adding to the nostalgia of the line are the product names, will ELLE says include all of the familiar Crayola crayon shades, such as “Fuzzy Wuzzy, a dusty rose” and “Tumbleweed, a cool beige.”

The 58-piece collection is also all vegan, reports ELLE, and offers a range of products that include “face crayons, lip and cheek crayons, color-changing lip crayons, highlighters, mascaras, palettes and brushes.”

And, keeping true to its color-centric brand, ELLE says each color is highly pigmented, offering a saturated, bold look — a look that will be easy to achieve when the line boasts 95 shades to choose from.

Adding to the line’s accessibility beyond the number of shades available are two factors: price and intended audience. While pieces from the collection range between $15 and $40, ELLE reports that a press release “notes the collection is gender fluid and the campaign photos reflect that spirit with both men and women wearing the products.”

What more could you ask for in a makeup collection?

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Serena makes tennis court appearance in catsuit

Tennis phenom and world-class athlete Serena Williams made her return to Grand Slam tennis recently, and she did so in superhero fashion.

According to Reuters, Williams took to the French Open wearing a black catsuit befitting a Marvel superhero — or at least, that’s how she explained her outfit.

“‘I call it like my Wakanda-inspired catsuit. It’s really fun,” she said, Reuters reports,  referencing the fictional Sub-Saharan African nation which is home to superhero Black Panther in Marvel Comics. ‘I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess kind of, queen from Wakanda maybe.'”

Explaining it as her way of being a superhero, Williams did pose a different reasoning for her catsuit: health. After “health concerns over blood clots” after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September, Reuters says Williams offered that the catsuit is a practical (and stylish) solution to keeping her blood flowing regularly.

“Yeah, the catsuit, I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months,” she explained. “So it is definitely a little functionality to it. I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play so I can keep, you know, the blood circulation going.”

Who knew functionality could be so stylish — and superhero-ish?

McGrady debuts new swim collection

If affordable, size-inclusive swimwear has been at the top of your shopping list for a while, a new line is waiting in the wings (or waves?) to deliver all of that and more.

According to Glamour, model now-known for her feature in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit issue Hunter McGrady has just designed and launched her own swimsuit collection that keeps size, style and price in mind. Collaborating with U.K. swim and lingerie brand Playful PromisesGlamour says the 10-piece capsule collection was born of the model’s own desire to find trendy, yet size-inclusive swimsuits.

“I’ve never been able to walk in somewhere and absolutely love every single piece,” McGrady told Glamour. “I feel like that’s such a big misconception: that because we have a bigger, curvier body, we should be covered up. I wanted to be sexy and I wanted to feel like I could go out and wear what my size 2, 4, 6, 8 girlfriends were wearing.”

Thus, McGrady’s collection features silhouettes ranging from off-the-shoulder bikinis to cut-out one-pieces and comes in a size range of 12 to 20, says Glamour, even making sure for there to be healthy selection of styles to suite a variety of tastes. Did we also mention that all styles are priced under $75?

Also adding to the collection’s uniqueness is that each piece was fitted on a range of curvy models to ensure the best fit possible on diverse body sizes, reports Glamour, not to mention that they come with features like a powered mesh front-lining on one pieces and a sew-in shelf for comfortable bust support.

With a host swimsuits sure to make wearers of all sizes comfortable in their own skin, McGrady told Glamour that she is ready to see how her swim styles change the swim game for women this summer and beyond:

“I have so many beautiful women in my life who are a size 14 and above who are strong and empowering and wonderful women, who own their bodies and who are sexy,” she said. “And you know what? I want to see a beach full of size 14, 16, 18, 20 and above running around [in this collection]. We should be embracing our beautiful bodies as they are.”

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Williams launches self-titled fashion collection

She’s already at the top of the sports world, and now, she’s coming in hot into the world of fashion.

According to Vogue, tennis superstar and all-around badass Serena Williams has just launched her own “direct-to-consumer fashion collection of sportswear and eveningwear” in which “every piece is under $250.”

Simply called “Serena,” Vogue says the line contains 12 items that “spans underwear, denim, tees, jackets, and an olive green silk crepe slip dress,” though the collection will expand throughout the summer and fall with new releases.

As for Williams’ influence in the line, Vogue says the phenom hand-selected the material for the slip dress to ensure that it was different that others offered on the market.

“The slip dress is so classic, and I wanted to bring it in more of a silk crepe, something that has more texture. You know, usually silk slips are just smooth—which I love—but I wanted to do something different,” she told Vogue. “You know I love to be different.”

And being different is something she is hoping to achieve in another way — by making pieces from the line as affordable and quality as possible, without compromising either.

“We want people to be able to actually look good and not have to overpay for it,” she told Vogue. “That’s what I want to do. I want to make pieces that you look good in, that aren’t outrageously priced.”

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