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.

 

Louis Vuitton gets Gomez for latest campaign

Every time she hits the red carpet, Selena Gomez consistently tops the best-dressed lists. So it should come as no surprise that the “Hands to Myself” singer has recently scored a starring role in a major fashion campaign.

According to InStyle, Gomez will be front and center in the latest campaign for Louis Vuitton, with the famous luxury brand’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière giving a sneak peak of the star’s work for the new LV Series 5 campaign on Friday, June 17.

The leading image for the campaign, taken by famed photographer Bruce Weber, features Gomez decked out in an oversized faux fur hat, accompanied by “a sleek black, frayed bomber jacket, a leather-bra-adorned top, matching high-waist, sporty leggings and a scarf that’s wrapped around a Petite Malle mini-trunk handbag in Vuitton’s iconic monogram print,” reports InStyle.

Gomez and Ghesquière also took to their own Instagram accounts to share other images from her forthcoming campaign, one of which shows Gomez in a green and blue midi-length dress with a floral chiffon underskirt, paired with black sneaker-boots with a chunky heel — and of course a Louis Vuitton top-handle bag.

InStyle says that Ghesquière posted a photo to Instagram with Gomez on set of her photoshoot the day prior to the campaign’s announcement to hint at a collaboration. The photo shows Gomez in a black and white ankle-length gown with futuristic metallic lace-up booties.

While only a few photos from the campaign have hit the web thus far, we are sure to see many more fabulous looks come from the collaboration in the near future.

Take Her Look [For Less]

While Paris Fashion Week slowed to a halt on March 9, it seemed as though the celebrities in attendance only amped up their fashion for the final day of shows.

Such was the case with Selena Gomez, who attended the star-studded Louis Vuitton show. The “Hands to Myself” singer gave her own fashion show when she showed up in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, according to ELLE; sporting a crisp white button down under a black overcoat, Gomez paired the top with a dark wash denim skirt. The star of her look, however, was her Louis Vuitton snakeskin booties.

If you are drooling over her snakeskin shoes, you may want to wipe up the saliva from your chin before you find out how much they cost. These Louis Vuitton stunners — the Cosplay Low Boot — which feature a pixelated python print and a metal toe cap, will set you back a lofty $3,800. While that is out of reach for most of our budgets, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate Gomez’s entire look for (way) less than her pricey booties. Read on for the results!

Starting off our look for less is a simple white button down, and the Textured Cotton Shirt from Forever 21 is a cost-effective blouse for the job. This utility piece will be a versatile wardrobe staple for a mere $19.90.

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The Textured Cotton Shirt, found on Forever21.com.

A dark wash denim skirt will complete the basics of Gomez’s look, and ASOS offers the perfect option in the form of the Jack Wills Button Front 70s Style Denim Skirt. Done in a similar wash and silhouette, this skirt makes a great alternative to Gomez’s style, and it will only set you back $66.92.

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The Jack Wills Button Front 70s Style Denim Skirt, found on ASOS.com.

Finding snakeskin booties to rival Gomez’s pricey Louis Vuitton style was no easy task, but the Lucky Brand Bartalino Bootie from Nordstrom certainly gives them a run for their money. While they aren’t quite as fancy as the Louis Vuittons, they are much more versatile, delivering a faux snakeskin in a casual western silhouette that can be worn with everything from this look-alike ensemble to your favorite pair of jeans. These versatile booties will definitely be worth their $99.95 price tag for all the wear you’ll get out of them.

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The Lucky Brand ‘Bartalino’ Bootie, found on Nordstrom.com.

Although nothing can compare to Gomez’s multi-colored Louis Vuitton bag, the Steven Madden Chaplin Crossbody Bag gives a similarly colorful look in a quilted design. This chainlink shoulder strap bag will add some color to your look for only $21.95.

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Steve Madden Chaplin Crossbody Bag, found on DSW.com.

While Gomez’s Louis Vuitton booties may not find their way into your closet any time soon, our look alike ensemble can — and it will only set you back $208.72. Just throw on your favorite black coat and rockstar shades, and you’ll be ready for the next Paris Fashion Week.

 

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Wearing white after Labor Day is one of the most well-known fashion faux-pas — and myths. But in case that is an actual rule of style etiquette, Elle Fanning got in her last white ensemble of summer just before the holiday.

On September 2, Fanning was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a white lace-embellished chiffon dress, which she paired with what InStyle reports are Simon Muller x Mascot sunglasses. She completed her on-the-go look with light pink ankle booties and a Louis Vuitton crossbody bag.

While Fanning’s entire outfit is the object of our envy, we can’t help but zero in on her luxurious Louis Vuitton purse, the Speedy Bandoulier 30 bag. It’s not shocking, however, that this covetable crossbody comes at a very high price — a $1,390 price, to be exact. But if you love Fanning’s entire ensemble, we found all the pieces necessary to recreate her look for less, much less than the cost of her crossbody. Read on for the results!

First on our shopping list was a lace-embellished chiffon dress to mimic Fanning’s frock, and we found the perfect alternative in the form of the Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Chiffon Dress from Zappos. Delivering a similar floating silhouette and lace details, this dress will surely pass for Fanning’s, but will only set you back $128.

The Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Chiffon Dress, found on Zappos.com.

The Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Chiffon Dress, found on Zappos.com.

Finding light pink ankle boots to pair with our look-alike dress was like searching for a needle in a haystack, but we finally landed on the Seychelles Lucky Penny Booties from 6pm. While the color is subtle, they will certainly add a bit of dimension to the soft look for $89.99.

The Seychelles Lucky Penny Booties, found on 6pm.com.

The Seychelles Lucky Penny Booties, found on 6pm.com.

Circular sunnies will add a whole new level of cool to your look, and the Follow the Lines Round Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters will do just that. These glasses will fool all your friends into thinking that they are much more expensive than their $15 price tag.

The Follow the Lines Circular Sunglasses, found on UrbanOutfitters.com.

The Follow the Lines Circular Sunglasses, found on UrbanOutfitters.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a bag to rival Fanning’s Louis Vuitton look. While nothing compares to a genuine Louis Vuitton design, this Barrel Body Satchel by Dasein delivers a comparable style at a fraction of the cost. Done in a rich tan, this satchel will be your new go-to bag for all of your favorite outfits. Its similar barrel construction comes in a close second to its first best feature, that being its $47.99 price.

The Dasein Barrel Removable Shoulder Strap Body Satchel, found on Overstock.com.

The Dasein Barrel Removable Shoulder Strap Body Satchel, found on Overstock.com.

Elle Fanning’s fashionable ensemble may have cost upwards of $1,390, but our recreated ensemble will give you a similar look from head to toe for a total price $280.98. Now you can look like a star without spending like a star!

Happy Shopping!

She Leads, You Follow: ‘Sleeping With Other People’ Screening Edition

Although summer is slowly coming to a close, screenings of new summer movies show no signs of slowing down. On Monday, August 24, stars showed up in style to the screening of  Sleeping With Other People West Hollywood, California. And of course, each look was better than the next.

First to wow us at the screening was Kirsten Dunst, who wore an all-black Louis Vuitton top and skirt combination according to InStyle. She paired her paneled top and leather skirt with black pumps and silver earrings.

Alison Brie took to the red carpet in a white semi-sheer dress with black panels at the waist. She completed her look with silver sandals by Aldo and an equally shiny new ring on her finger — her brand new engagement ring.

Lizzy Caplan capped off our favorite looks of the night, wearing what InStyle reports as a black tropical print dress by Proenza Schouler. Caplan took her look to the next level with powder blue lace-up heels by Bionda Castana, while keeping her jewelry to a minimum with gold earrings.

Although these leading ladies are dressed up for a film screening, there are certain things we can learn from their looks that we can apply to our own everyday dressing.

  1. Monochromatic can be exciting – Kirsten Dunst’s monochromatic number shows us just how visually stimulating an outfit done in all one color can be. Her outfit incorporates different textures, such as the open mesh of her top and the diamond pattern on her skirt, that combine to create a very interesting look. If you are afraid of wearing an all-black look for fear of seeming boring, just remember that the outfit is only as interesting as the details it features. So be sure to mix different textures (like lace and leather, for example) to achieve a cohesive, yet intriguing look that will be far from boring.
  2. Panels, Panels, Panels – The importance of colorblocked panels cannot be stressed enough, and Alison Brie’s black and white dress is only another example of the miracles colorblocked panels can work in an outfit. The black panels on her dress cinch in right at her natural waist, creating the illusion of an even narrower midsection. Panels like these are a great camouflage tool, so if you are looking to incorporate them into your wardrobe, look for contrasting panels (black on white, white on black or any combination you like!) at the natural waist of tops, dresses and even high-waisted skirts that will make your waist seem tiny.
  3. Dare to be different – Lizzy Caplan paired her tropical frock with a very trendy lace-up heel done in an eye-catching sky blue. Shoes like these end up acting as a statement piece because they are so different from the rest of the outfit. But notice, however, that the blue of her shoes is also featured in small amounts in the print of her dress; this ends up tying the statement shoe back to the dress, creating a cohesive look. If you decide to go for a statement shoe in an outfit, make sure that it makes sense with your look; this could mean taking Caplan’s lead and wearing the shoe in a color that plays a supporting role in the print you’re wearing. Or it could mean wearing a more subdued, neutral outfit so you can make your new bright heels the main focus of your look.