Dior announces cost-effective makeup line

Designer makeup available at cost-effective prices? That’s almost unheard of. But not anymore.

That’s because Dior has just announced a brand-new, less expensive makeup line that offers “grab-and-go products meant to streamline your beauty routine,” according to PopSugar.

Called Backstage, PopSugar says the line was inspired by the products models use during Fashion Month, and with the line being designed by Dior creative and image director Peter Philips, it’s easy to see just how the line was built with Fashion Month in mind.

“My team must be capable of working anywhere in the effervescent and hectic conditions of runway shows . . . And that was the aim when I redesigned all the indispensable items in my makeup bag,” said Philips in a release. “These are efficient products that provide a professional result but are simple to apply.”

PopSugar says that the line’s 40-piece foundation collection sells for $40 apiece, while  brushes cost between $25 and $59 each and brow, cheek, eye and lip products range from $35 to $49; the line is rounded out by contour and eyeshadow palettes.

Ready to shop the line? PopSugar reports that pieces while pieces are currently available on Dior’s site, they drop at Sephora on June 15.

Model highlights hair-raising disparities in fashion industry

Fashion should be an industry that is representative and inclusive of all, but when it doesn’t even support the models that bolster its business, there is obviously some room for improvement.

This became apparent when Londone Myers, a model for big-name labels like Dior, Chloé and Louis Vuitton “posted a time-lapse video on Instagram that documents her being ignored by hairstylists” when she showed up to model for New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2018 shows, according to PopSugar.

In her video, PopSugar says Myers is seen sitting patiently while wearing headphones as   white models were busy being primped and readied for the runway. Even though Myers told Teen Vogue that she normally styles her hair herself prior to shows (and on this day, she did not prep beforehand), she captioned her video with a plea to stylists to be more inclusive in their work.

“I don’t need special treatment from anyone,” she wrote, according to PopSugar. “What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. I’m so tired of people avoiding doing my hair at shows. How dare you try to send me down the runway with a linty busted afro.”

Other black models, she said, only had their hair styled because they spoke French, reports PopSugar, thus helping them get the attention they needed; but when Myers finally flagged a stylist, she said “that due to the discrimination, the hairstylist left her and the other black women looking ‘unpolished.'” As a result of Myers’ experience, other models have shared similar experiences, says PopSugar, with many of them offering that they, too, have had to style their own hair prior to shows.

But just as fashion should be for all, so also should hair styling that allows models in the industry to feel as beautiful and confident as possible — no matter their hair type, skin color or circumstance.

 

Nicole’s Favorites: High Fashion & Bold Feminism

Sometimes, designers like to make a statement in the styles they create, while others like to literally inscribe a message on their designs.

Take, for instance, these new tees by Dior and Stella McCartney, both of which offer an inspiring message of female empowerment. According to PopSugarDior opened their Spring 2018 show with “a Brenton-striped slogan top that read ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?'” Inspired by a 1971 essay by Linda Nochlin, PopSugar says the top highlight the very themes Nochlin explore in her essay, which dove into the gatekeepers barring women from succeeding in the art world. What’s more is that the tee hold even more significant, as it was designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri — Dior’s first female creative director.

But Chiuri isn’t the only one to take a stand with her T-shirts. Stella McCartney used her design talents to create an exclusive top for Glamour that reads “Women, Power, Love.” The shirt, which Glamour says they co-designed, is featured on all 17 of its editions around the world and benefits the The Girl Project, a charity created by Glamour to help girls around the world earn an education. The shirt, says McCartney, aims to not only empower women to speak up and love themselves as they are, it also serves as a reminder to reclaim what it means to be a “powerful” woman.

“I think when the words powerful and women go hand in hand, certain generations believe it’s not a compliment,” McCartney told Glamour. “But this [belief] was something generated by men to make women feel bad if we have something to say. That’s not the case anymore.”

Now, she explained, women are owning their voices and rejoicing in their power.

“Young women see power as something to be celebrated and to be proud of. I feel powerful when I’m being honest and when I’m not compromising who I am,” she offered. “Also, when I speak for other women who don’t have a voice—that’s when I feel that I’m being the best woman I could be.”

I love that these fierce women are using their talents to assert the voices, power and presence of women everywhere. Let’s hope the trend continues!

XO,

Nicole

 

Dior revives chain letters for charity

Dior is getting creative in order to raise money for charity.

Using social media to revive the infamous chain letter, ELLE reports that Dior launched their all-new Dior Love Chain, a social media movement that asks the questions, “And you? What would you do for love?” all in the name of charity.

Dior kicked off the Instagram campaign on Aug. 24 with a short video by Natalie Portman, says ELLE, while Robert Pattinson, the face of Dior Homme, answered the question by saying he’d try to become a better person for love. Jennifer Lawrence also took part and gave a more humorous response, saying she’d “pretend wearing sexy underwear was comfortable.”

With a star-studded campaign underway, it’s only natural that it’s all for a good cause. According to ELLE, for every response social media users post with the hashtag #diorlovechain, Dior will donate $1 to WE Charity, which “leads global initiatives that aim to break the poverty cycle.”

 

Lawrence stars in new Dior video

Jennifer Lawrence is set to take centerstage in a brand new video for Dior.

According to WWD, the project, which is a follow-up to her pre-fall ad campaign where she donned a “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt, is shot by French photographer Brigette Lacombe and is directed by Fabien Baron.

Called “La Fille Américaine,” WWD reports that the black-and-white video “features Lawrence (‘La Fille’) with her Dior bag (‘Le Sac’), a flower (‘La Fleur’), playing with a canary in a birdcage, sitting in a chair texting ‘Le Texto,’ staring into the camera, applying lipstick, looking sad and looking happy.”

The plot doesn’t pick up much from there, says WWD, but a behind-the-scenes video shows Lawrence discussing how it feels to work with female professionals.

“It’s exciting to work with a woman photographer because, frankly, there aren’t very many,” she said. “Whenever I think of a feminist, I think of a confident woman.”

Lawrence and Dior team up for new campaign

Jennifer Lawrence may have signed on to star in Dior’s fall 2017 bag campaign, but the ads for the luxury fashion brand have us focusing on anything but a handbag.

According to Glamour, the actress takes centerstage in a series of casual, black-and-white photos that not only show off Dior bags, but also a statement T-shirt that reads, “We Should All Be Feminists.” The T-shirt, reports Glamour, is part of Dior’s spring 2017 collection and is inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous essay and adjoining TED talk.

While Glamour says the $710 T-shirt is already sold out after becoming an instant celebrity favorite, the shirt is more than just a fashion item — a portion of every T-shirt purchase is donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation, the charity created by Rihanna that funds education and health initiatives around the world.

A shirt that’s fashionable and charitable — we can get behind that.

Dior T-shirts to benefit Rihanna’s charity

If spending anything over $20 on a T-shirt sounds outrageous, you may want to reconsider.

According to The Cut, Dior is selling a T-shirt with “We should all be feminists” inscribed across the front, and a portion of the proceeds from its sales will benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization created by Rihanna that helps support “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”

The shirt, which is available for $710 only at Dior boutiques, comes after The Cut says Maria Grazia Chiuri made a statement at her first Dior fashion show as the brand’s artistic director, sending models down the runway in the shirt, which echoes the words of globally-known feminist author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A for Rihanna’s role in the venture, The Cut reports that Rihanna partnered with Dior in order to show  that “philanthropic pursuits is a positive way for fashion to effect change and benefit women around the world.”

First female creative director may be in order for Dior

The October 2015 departure of Raf Simons left a gaping hole in the house of Dior. But a new creative director may be installed next month, and may also be making history in the process.

According to ELLE, Reuters is reporting that Maria Grazia Chiuri, co-designer for Valentino, will step into the role in July while her counterpart Pierpaolo Piccioli will remain in his role at Valentino. If the reports are true and Chiuri does assume the position, ELLE says it will “mark the first time Dior has been creatively led by a woman in the brand’s 70-year history.”

While ELLE reports that Dior has seen a dive in sales following Simons’ exit from the fashion house, there is hope that Chiuri’s track record of success will boost their supposedly suffering sales.

Chiuri and Picciolo’s designs, which tend to have a “romantic yet sleek” aesthetic, according to ELLE, have been lauded, as have their accessories — something that ELLE  says “have proven to be a retail success.” Thus, Chiuri might be able to restore some financial stability to Dior with her fresh designs and history of significant sales.

Although ELLE says the rumors have yet to be confirmed by Dior executives, it looks like Chiuri may just be the remedy for the fashion house in flux.

 

Rihanna and Dior partner for new line of sunglasses

With summer fast approaching, finding stylish sunglasses to protect your eyes from the bright sun is a must. Luckily for you, Rihanna has a brand new line of shades just in time for those blindingly bright summer days.

According to Forbes, the “Work” singer struck up a partnership with Dior to create a line of sunglasses called, “Rihanna.” The limited collection includes futuristic designs and a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find something you like.

While her new line of sunnies with Dior is exciting, it’s not the first time Rihanna has worked with the fashion house. Forbes reports, “Last year, the Barbadian pop singer starred in a campaign for the company, which included photo spreads that were seen around the world and a commercial entitled “Secret Garden” that was shot at Versailles.”

Rihanna has also been a longtime fan of Dior, as InStyle says she is a “regular fixture in the Christian Dior front row,” and has often worn their designs for performances.

Although Rihanna’s new collection of shades will not be available for purchase until next month, the singer has taken to Instagram to share photos of the forthcoming styles with her followers, offering an inside glimpse at the sleek, avant-garde looks from the line.

So how much will a pair of Rihanna’s sunglasses set you back? Only between $840 and $1,250 per pair, says Forbes. You know — pocket change.

But if you can swing the hefty price tag, be sure to stop by a Dior store next month to make your stylish purchase.

 

 

She Leads, You Follow: Oscars Edition

The film industry’s best and brightest were honored at the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28. But while the award shows paid tribute to the performances of Hollywood’s most talented actors and actresses, the red carpet beforehand recognized their impeccable fashion sense. Although the red carpet was filled with designer looks, there were a few that stood out among the rest.

Hollywood’s leading ladies came out to the Dolby Theatre in high style, and Priyanka Chopra was no exception. The “Quantico” actress wore a Zuhair Murad gown, says E!Online, with a semi-sheer skirt and white floral appliqué scattered about the bodice and skirt. Accentuating her waist with a silver belt, Chopra completed her look with a silver frame clutch and diamond jewelry.

Adding a punch of color to the red carpet was Charlize Theron, who presented at the awards in a bright red Dior gown, according to E!Online. Featuring a plunging neckline with split straps, the actress filled in the negative space with a long diamond necklace. The back of Theron’s gown was equally as stunning as the front, cut in a low V that ended near her lower back.

Delivering another all-white ensemble was “Carol” star Rooney Mara, who took her turn on the red carpet in a what E!Online says is Givenchy number. Done in an all-over lace appliqué, Mara’s gown featured a diamond-shaped cutout at the waist and a thigh-high slit. Mara completed her look with a bold lip color and a slick updo.

Saoirse Ronan walked the red carpet in a deep emerald gown with all-over beading, says E!Online. The Brooklyn star’s Calvin Klein Collection number opened up her neckline with its deep V, while it’s rich color made her eyes pop.

Although these ladies are dressed for the film industry’s biggest night, there are certain things we can take away from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. White out – Chopra and Mara prove that an all-white outfit is not a blank slate, but instead a statement piece in itself. But what makes their gowns masterpieces? The floral appliqué on Chopra’s gown creates visual interest over its nude, semi-sheer underlay, while Mara’s gown features intricate lace that cascades into a soft train. All of these features combine to create intriguing, visually appealing garments. If white leaves you yawning, try pieces with interesting details such as lace, faux leather, beading or even tonal prints (prints that share the same color as the background color of the garment). All of these things will create variations in texture within the garment, which will in turn create a visually appealing look.
  2. Point it out – There are certain things within a garment that can act as a pointing device, and as Theron’s, Mara’s and Ronan’s gowns show, such devices can take the form of a plunging neckline or a cutout. Ronan’s and Theron’s deep V’s open up their necklines, drawing our attention upward toward their faces. Mara’s dress, which features a diamond-shaped cutout in the center of her waist, which serves to not only show a peek of skin, but also to draw out attention to her tiny waist. When shopping, look for pieces that include interesting necklines, cutouts or even seaming that can direct attention to the areas that you wish.