Vans teams up with Van Gogh Museum for new collaboration

If you though you could never own a Van Gogh, think again.

According to Glamour, footwear brand Vans is teaming up with the Van Gogh Museum to create a collection of apparel and shoes inspired by the artist’s famous works, all to make the masterpieces accessible to the masses.

“It’s our mission to make Van Gogh as accessible to people all over the world as we possibly can,” Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger told Glamour. “People from all over the world really love Van Gogh and want a piece of him, as it were. We’re always looking to find new ways [to] make his work [feel] relevant today.”

With the collection featuring 16 pieces that range in price from $40 to $140, Glamour reports that products from the Vans X Van Gogh Museum are “centered around four specific pieces from the artist’s canon—Skull, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Self-Portrait as a Painter, Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman—as well as letters he wrote his brother, Theo.”

Choosing pieces that offer a window into Van Gogh’s personal life and personal growth as an artist, Faye Fredericks of Vans’ global apparel design team told Glamour that every aspect of the the product seeks to communicate the notion of a masterpiece.

“”If you even look at the labels, we put brushstrokes on those—we really wanted to represent a masterpiece, so we paid attention to every little detail, and we were really critical about it,” she explained. “I don’t think anybody expected [the collaboration]. We always make sure to put our DNA in everything, but I think everybody was really surprised by this.”

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

Mall retailer hints at digital comeback

Your favorite retailer of yesteryear is about to make a comeback.

That’s according to Cosmopolitan, who says Wet Seal has not only reintroduced its Plus & Curve line online in July, but has done so at the specific request of fans. With nearly 200 items that come in sizes ranging between XL and 3XL and sell for under $50, Glamour reports that the line includes ” bodysuits, dresses, trousers, cardigans, blouses, and more—in a range of trendy silhouettes and prints that are all, again, incredibly affordable.”

But that’s not the only unique thing about this collection; Cosmo says Wet Seal designed the collection with the help of the very fans who requested it, with them crowdsourcing new designs online.

The final component of the brand’s reintroduction is their social media campaign. Called “#WetSealGetsReal,” Glamour says the campaign “aims to empower followers to share inspiring stories of self-love on Instagram.”

With all of this positivity and accessibility going on, it looks like it’s time to let Wet Seal back into our hearts.

Time to get shopping!

Model walks SI Swim red carpet while breastfeeding

Walking in a fashion show is a big deal for any model, but for one, it was statement-making moment.

According to Glamour, model Mara Martin was one of 16 finalists chosen to participate in a Sports Illustrated swimwear fashion show during Miami Swim Week, and when she graced the catwalk, she did so while breastfeeding her 5-month-old son.

Wearing a gold one-shouldered bikini for her trip down the runwayGlamour says she toted her diaper-clad son in her arms while he was sporting noise-cancelling headphones.

Martin later took to Instagram to share the reaction she’s received to her groundbreaking runway appearance, posting a screenshot of a Daily Mail article and writing that the whole experience has been “amazing.”

“Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”

 

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.

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.

Kate Spade pledges $1M for suicide prevention

Two weeks following the suicide of the brand’s founder, Kate Spade New York is honoring their leader with a new initiative.

According to Glamour, the brand announced last week that “plan to donate more than $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health organizations through its foundation, beginning with $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line, a service that connects individuals to a live counselor for real-time help 24/7.”

Additionally, Glamour says the brand will be matching any public donations made to the group through June 29, up to $100,000.

CEO of Kate Spade New York Anna Bakst told WWD explained that she hopes the move will create a positive change when it comes to dealing with, accepting and treating mental illness.

“Mental illness does not discriminate; it is complicated and difficult to diagnose and can often be life-threatening,” she said, according to Glamour. “We hope that our support will shed even more light on the disease and encourage those who suffer from mental health issues to seek help. Collectively, we must all do more.”

 

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?

Madonna offers cheaper version of $600 face mask

If $600 is just too much for splurge on a face mask, a [slightly] cheaper alternative is here.

According to Glamour, a slightly more affordable version of Madonna’s MDNA Skin Magnetic Face Mask is now available, and it purportedly offers just as stellar results. While this version only features just a magnet and works its wonders sans LED light, Glamour says the mask leaves skin “smoother, softer, and more hydrated,” as well as looking “brighter” and “way less haggard than it did 180 seconds prior.”

The catch, however, is still in the price; Glamour reports that the main magnet product — the MDNA Skin Mask Remover  — sells for $80, but customers will still have to buy the Chrome Clay Mask separately, which clocks in at $120.

But if you’re in the market for a luxurious face mask, $200 sure beats $600 for a tried and true product like this one.

Ross responds to reproductive comments from critics

A woman’s plans for her future are no one’s to decide or change but her own — that’s what Tracee Ellis Ross explained in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

According to Glamour, the “Black-ish” actor detailed in the new interview persistent inquiries from fans about her reproductive plans, something she said was likely brought on by her character’s pregnancy during the show’s last season.

But regardless of her character’s pregnancy, Ross told Vanity Fair that comments about her personal decisions are none of anyone’s business.

“I literally have said to people, for real, no joke, ‘Why don’t you just get out of my womb? Like, get out of my uterus,” she said, according to Glamour. “What are you doing in there? And why are you asking those questions? And what makes you think you can ask that?'”

Glamour points out that this is not the first time Ross has had to defend her choices while also inspiring other women to do the same. In her Glamour Women of the Year Awards speech in 2017, she explained that her life is her’s to live.

“My life is mine. Those words stopped me in my tracks,” Ross said, according to Glamour. “Those words brought tears to my eyes because, yes, I’ve been living my life—but not to my own expectations. Not for me.”

May we all live our lives not for others, but for ourselves.

Read the full interview here.

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.”

Ready to shop the line? Click here.