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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Glamour, ASOS team up for inclusive swimsuit design

What do you get when a major magazine teams up with a clothing brand? Only the most flattering swimsuit ever.

According to Glamour, the recently-redesigned glossy has teamed up with ASOS to design the most flattering swimsuit for women sizes 14 and up. At the brand’s London headquarters, Glamour sent blogger Katie Sturino to meet with swimwear designer Amy Holden, telling her “what was missing in the market for women sizes 14 and up: bright colors, well-constructed support, bikini bottoms that weren’t up to your rib cage (thereby creating the dreaded ‘diaper butt’).”

What resulted was a one-piece underwire suit complete with adjustable straps and a high-cut bottom. And with its red, white and blue color scheme, the swimsuit serves up major superhero vibes, — because let’s face it, we’re all Wonder Woman, and don’t we deserve a swimsuit that makes us feel as much?!

To view the completed look, click hereAnd to shop the affordable new design, click here.

 

Shoe brand to release size-inclusive line

A model and a shoe brand walked into a design room — what they came up with was not the punch line of a corny joke, but size-inclusive shoes that are the perfect fit for any body.

According to Glamour, Jeffrey Campbell announced a collaboration with model La’shaunae Steward that provides a capsule collection of size-inclusive shoes. The five-piece collection promises that the designs will “fit your every curve,” says Glamour, keeping in mind that when they say their shoes “are made for everybody [they] truly mean everyBODY.”

So where did the idea for a size-inclusive footwear collection come from? Glamour says Steward and friend-slash-Jeffrey Campell creative direct Sanam Sindh once had a conversation about a lack of boots for curvy customers when the idea was hatched:

“I was telling her how a lot of the boots don’t fit thicker legs, and as my friend—who knows how the fashion world doesn’t celebrate fat brown women enough—she saw this as an opportunity for me, an underappreciated curve model.”

In helping to bring the line to life, Steward is not only opening the door for more inclusive designs to be created in the future, but also for consumers to see themselves represented by a brand.

“I grew up never being able to afford the things I like and for [a brand I’ve] loved since a young teenager to believe in me and to acknowledge me is amazing,” Steward told Refinery29 in an interview.

And she is amazing.

Model campaigns to be first trans person of color on VS runway

There’s a first for everything, and one model is trying her best to break new ground in the fashion industry.

According to Cosmopolitan, model Leyna Bloom took to Twitter last week to tweet two stunning photos of herself in a bikini. But it was the caption that caught people’s attention — and spurred a movement: “Trying to be the 1st Trans model of color walk a Fashion show. 💕

With one single tweet, the model — who has already appeared on the runway for Chromat and The Blonds, says Cosmo — began a crusade to become the first transender model of color to walk the runway for the major lingerie brand. Cosmo reports that so far, the post garnered well over 100,000 retweets and 30,000 comments in support of Bloom’s campaign.

With people flocking to her support, Bloom knows that should she get the chance to appear in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, her presence on the runway has the potential to be game-changing.

“[That brand has] the power to set the tone, and that would be the biggest leap up to date,” she told Yahoo, according to Cosmo. “Can you imagine what that would do for our world? We all have unique stories; we are just different, and we have every right to be. We just want to be represented, and maybe they will want to represent us too.”

CoverGirl ad features their first model with vitiligo

As part of CoverGirl’s new #IAmWhatIMakeUp campaign, the global beauty brand has released a new ad featuring their first model with vitiligo, a disease in which the skin loses its natural pigmentation.

According to Cosmopolitan, model Amy Deanna takes centerstage in the new ad, which is part of a larger campaign that “celebrates the power to be who you are and who you want to be.” As she applies the brand’s truBlend foundation in two different shades, Cosmo says Deanna poses the question, “Why try to blend in when you can choose to stand out?”

Deanna seemed to answer her own question when discussing her new ad spot with People, offering that standing out in partnership with CoverGirl gives her a chance to represent often underrepresented depictions of beauty.

“Inclusivity is important—not just for people of different backgrounds and ethnicities, but also people of all sizes,” she told People. “That’s why I was so excited to partner with CoverGirl on this project. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Let’s face it, together we are a mosaic—that in itself is beautiful. We should celebrate that.”

And for Deanna, inclusivity is not just about celebrating differences, but also challenging the norms to make room for others.

“I believe that inclusiveness will challenge unrealistic beauty standards within the beauty industry and in humanity,” she explained to People. “I remember seeing Queen Latifah on TV as a CoverGirl when I was young. That was so inspiring. I can’t express how excited I am to say, I too have had the opportunity to work with CoverGirl.”

And we can’t say how excited we are to see her in this campaign!

Beauty brand offers gender-neutral products for all

Beauty for all — that is the philosophy of this inclusive cosmetic brand.

According to PopSugar, gender-neutral beauty brand Fluide not only provides ultra-trendy (re: glitter! metallics!) makeup looks, this beaut-for-all brand also donates portions of its profits to LGBTQ+ rights organizations.

Currently featuring a lineup of “liquid lipstick, glitter pigments, and sparkling nail polish to help anyone and everyone get their glow on,” PopSugar says Fluide displays their products on a cast of diverse models, further driving home their mission of providing makeup looks for all.

As if that isn’t enough, the brand “donates a portion of its sales to the LGBTQ+ health center Callen-Lorde and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which fights to protect the civil liberties of nonbinary people,” even encouraging its customers to offer suggestions of the organizations it should support.

Ready to shop this inclusive line? Click here.

Mall brands to release extended-size collections

While there used to only be a handful of specialty shops for extended-size clothing, these days, some major clothing brands are ditching their narrow size ranges in favor of offering fashion for all.

According to ELLE, some well-loved mall brands are releasing their very own curvy-friendly clothing collections. For example, both Madewell and sister-store J.Crew have both announced that they will extend their denim offerings to include up to a size 35, reports ELLE, even releasing a new denim style called “‘curvy high-rise skinny jeans’ which was designed especially for women with ‘an hourglass shape.'”

Target’s newest project, Universal Thread, is a whole label dedicated to plus clothing, featuring up to a size 26W, says ELLE, while LOFT’s forthcoming extended-size offerings will be a first for the brand.

Meanwhile, ELLE reports that longstanding mall brand NY & Company is taking a different approach to expanding their size range: piggybacking off of actor Gabrielle Union’s collection with the brand, NY & Company and Union are releasing a new collection called #AllTogetherNow that goes up to a size 20 and 2XL. To help the launch the collection, ELLE says Union “recruited her Being Mary Jane co-stars, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, and Raven Goodwin” to help show off all the line has to offer.

All of these new extended size lines just prove that fashion is for every body because, as LOFT said, “Because no two bodies are alike–and that’s a beautiful thing.”

L’Oreal model brings hijab into mainstream advertising

The beauty industry has hit another major milestone, thanks to L’Oreal.

In the global beauty brand’s ad campaign for their Elvive line, L’Oreal is featuring British beauty blogger Amena Khan, who, by starring in the ad, is making history as the ” first hijab-wearing woman to be featured in a major mainstream hair ad,” according to Glamour.

But beyond making history, Glamour reports that Khan helps the beauty industry challenge the misconception that women whose hair is covered don’t take care of it. In fact, Khan told Vogue UK it is quite the opposite.

“You have to wonder—why is it presumed that women who don’t show their hair don’t look after it?” she said. “The opposite of that would be that everyone that does show their hair only looks after it for the sake of showing it to others. And that mindset strips us of our autonomy and our sense of independence. Hair is a big part of self-care.”

Portraying an expanded definition of beauty, destroying misconceptions and giving a platform to those who are normally underportrayed in the media — all of these things, Khan said, are implicit in her ad spot for L’Oreal.

“How many brands are doing things like this? Not many,” she asserted. “They’re literally putting a girl in a headscarf—whose hair you can’t see—in a hair campaign. Because what they’re really valuing through the campaign is the voices that we have.”

 

Hilfiger to design clothing specially for the disabled

Tommy Hilfiger is truly embodying what it means to have ‘fashion for all.’

According to ELLE, Bloomberg reported that the luxury designer will begin crafting a clothing line specifically for people with disabilities. As for what the new line will include, ELLE says it will ensure that pieces will be easy for wearers and caretakers to navigate, featuring “magnetic closures so that it is easier to pull garments over the head or to get dressed with one hand.”

Pieces like trousers will be fitted with velcro and magnetic flies, says ELLE, while “leg openings and hems will be adjustable to accommodate for leg braces.”

What’s more is that the line won’t just be a few paltry pieces; ELLE reports that the men’s line will include 37 styles, and the women’s will feature 34 — a solid amount of items to create outfits and stock a wardrobe.

Bravo, Tommy Hilfiger.

 

Faux Filter foundation offers shades for all

It should be a no brainer that makeup should be available in all shades to fit the many beautiful skin tones that exist in the world. While some makeup companies are still trying their best to expand their offerings, one brand seems to have it down pat — and shoppers have noticed.

According to Glamour, beauty guru Huda Kattan recently released her Faux Filter Foundation, a “fine-tuned formula for filtered-looking skin in real life, without the makeup artist know-how.” But that’s not all that’s revolutionary about the foundation; Glamour reports that the line features 30 shades that aim to fit a range of skin tones.

“There’s so much more to your skin tone than meets the eye. I would hand-mix the formulas myself, make the shade elaboration, and call them back in to test,” Kattan told Glamour. “And that’s why I’m so pleased we’ve created a really representative 30-shade offering. We shade-matched hundreds of people to ensure that our final selection would be all-inclusive.”

While the foundation collection was released within the past week, 12 the 30 shades have already sold out at Sephora at the time of this writing. And what’s more is that Glamour points out that the foundation is no more or less expensive than other brands, coming in at $40.

Ready to find your shade? Click here.