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.

Poehler to star in, direct wine-filled comedy for Netflix

If you needed a reason to love Amy Poehler even more, her latest project may be it.

According to Refinery29, the actor and friend in our heads will be making her directorial debut with a Netflix film called Wine Country, which “film follows a group of pals who head to Napa to get their grape on and celebrate one of the women’s 50th birthdays.”

As if the plot isn’t enough, Refinery29 reports that the film’s cast features all of Poehler’s besties, including ” Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Tina Fey, and Emily Spivey, who also penned the script.”

With an all-star comedic cast, it’s hard to not be excited for the film — and Poehler & Co. seems to feel the same. Netflix announced the news Wine Country‘s forthcoming release by tweeting out a video of Poehler and her co-stars singing the Kenny Loggins song, “Whenever I Call You Friend” in slightly-tipsy unison.

While there has yet to be a release date announced, one thing is for sure: this film is going to be one to watch.

Watch the “trailer” here.

Pulitzer and Pottery Barn team up for exclusive home line

It’s officially spring, but in some locales, it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet — cold temperatures, maybe even some snow and a lack of outdoor activities may be keeping spring from actually, well, springing into our lives. But a brand-new home collaboration is about to change that.

According to Refinery29, pretty and preppy brand Lilly Pulitzer has partnered with Pottery Barn to produce the *most* adorable and beachy home collection ever. Filled with signature Lilly colors and prints, Refinery29 says the collection ranges from “pillows and bedding to furniture and rugs,” and even debuts some new patterns.

While the line sure sounds like a dream come true, especially for those us who are Lilly lovers (or just beach lovers!), you may not want to make a purchase just yet: Refinery29 reports that pieces from the collection come with a hefty price tag, with furniture ranging from $649 to $1,499, while smaller home accessories — like pillows and pillow covers, votive holders or drinkwear — coming in at more affordable prices.

Did we mention that the Lilly Pulitzer collaboration also extends into their PBTeen and Pottery Barn Kids offerings? With fun bedding and room furnishings, this collection offers a perfect punch of color and personality to usher spring into any room of your home, including the kids’ rooms.

Ready to shop? Click here to view pieces from the collection.

Former Kardashian assistant and brand COO tackles jewelry design

Since Stephanie Shepherd parted ways with one of the most famous women in the world, the former Kim Kardashian executive assistant and brand chief operating officer has finally announced her next move.

According to Refinery29, Shepherd is partnering with jewelry brand 8 Other Reasons for a brand-new jewelry collaboration that is “inspired by the movement around women’s empowerment.” Called “Woman,” Harper’s Bazaar reports that not only did Shepherd help design the products, she is also starring in the brand’s campaign, modeling the designs in some very Kim K-inspired photos.

Pieces from the line are bold, “colorful and cool,” Refinery29 says, but the designs are not just about being visually appealing; the pieces are also supposed to be “symbolic of strong, independent woman everywhere.”

What’s even better than its empowering messaging is its price range, which Refinery29 says stretches from $22 to $100.

 

Hunter boots make debut at Target

Hunter boots are no longer reserved for those willing drop upwards of $100, thanks to a brand-new collaboration with Target.

According to Refinery29, the British retailer is partnering with everyone’s favorite one-stop shop to release “exclusive versions of the brand’s rain boots, raincoats, and backpacks.” Additionally, Refinery29 reports that the collaboration will also mark the first time Hunter will sell homewear items, including coolers, hammocks and sunshades, with over 300 products total included in the line. The best part — most of the collection will be priced under $30.

However exciting, the partnership does appear to be an oddball match; but for Hunter’s creative director Alasdhair Willis, one image changed the way he viewed the brand and its accessibility, reports Refinery29: a photo of Kate Moss wearing Hunter rain boots at a music festival in 2005.

“Our boots, outerwear, and backpacks are now worn at festivals across the globe, come rain or shine,” he said in a release. “Recognizing our shared spirit of adventure, getting outdoors and appeal to the whole family, we wanted to create a collection that celebrates that, whether that be a summer gathering in the backyard, weekends away, or at a music festival.”

With a communal, outdoor spirit in mind, the collaboration couldn’t come at a better time: Refinery29 says the collection will make its debut in Target stores and online on Sat., April 14.

NASA opens research center in honor of ‘Hidden Figures’ inspiration

A hero finally had her place in history cemented — literally.

According to Refinery29, NASA honored Katherine Johnson, a “mathematician whose contributions to NASA’s early space missions were instrumental to its success” and the inspiration behind 2016’s Hidden Figures film, by placing her name on their research center. Called the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility, Entertainment Weekly says the new building is part of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and was officially opened in a ceremony this past weekend.

In a pre-taped video, Refinery29 says Johnson shared how she felt about having a building named in her honor.

“You want my honest answer? I think they’re crazy,”  she said. “I was excited at something new, always liked something new, but give credit to everybody who helped. I didn’t do anything alone but try to go to the root of the question and succeeded there.”

Known as “the human computer” and a mathematician vital to launching John Glenn into space in 1962, Entertainment Weekly reports that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe offered that while Johnson is not alone in her achievements, she is certainly a pioneer.

“You have been a trailblazer,” he said at the ceremony. “When I think of Virginia and the history of what we’ve gone through … you’re at the top of that list.”

Johnson’s work and those of her counterparts Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were further immortalized in the film Hidden Figuresin which Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe portrayed the all-black, all-female mathematicians who shaped the trajectory of NASA’s space program.

 

 

‘Project Runway’ to feature size 22 models

In Project Runway‘s sweet 16 season, the show is getting a much-needed change — and it’s all for the best.

According to Refinery29, the popular Lifetime series will feature models ranging in size from 2 to 22, marking a major shift toward body inclusivity. Announced in last week’s season premiere as hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum paired designers with models, Klum told Entertainment Tonight that she thought the change was long overdue.

“I believe we should have done [it] already years and years and years ago,” she said. “So I’m happy though that now this season, we’re starting.”

Klum continued to drop truth bombs about the newly-inclusive show, says Refinery29, saying that it’s time that Project Runway get with the times and dress the variety of body shapes that exist in the world.

“This is the real world,” Klum explained. “Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be. You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny. There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it.”

Ready to support body inclusivity? Tune into Project Runway every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

Blogger highlights differences in body perception

We all tend to be our own worst critics, but sometimes, women tend to magnify their so-called flaws even more. However, it takes major reflection to be able to call out your own  self-deprecation.

Take Louise Aubery, for example. According to Refinery29, the student and blogger recently took to Instagram to post side-by-side photos of herself, one in which she points out all the things she thinks are “wrong” with her body and her looks, while in the duplicate image, she highlights what viewers of the image likely see.

” I always see what is wrong. ‘Too close.’ ‘My nose appears too big.’ ‘My legs look too white.’ ‘I look terrible,'” she wrote in the photo’s caption.  “This is usually what follows when someone show me a picture they took of me .”

However, Aubery continued by saying that she is never as harsh on other people as she is on herself.

“On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets,” she said. “So why not do the same with yourself?”

Refinery29 reports that she later told Metro that the post was inspired by noticing that social media has, in her eyes, allowed us to compare ourselves to others instead of acting as an empowerment tool. Yet, while Aubery notes that she hoped her post would help inspire women to go easier on themselves, she told Metro it ultimately takes time for anyone to stop the self-criticism.

“It can’t happen in one day and it all comes down to practice: waking up telling you three things you are grateful for today, stating one thing you like about yourself every time you caught yourself despising something, and actually talking about it with like minded people.”

Premme takes plus fashion by storm

Remember this name: Premme.

Launched on July 25, this Los Angeles-based clothing line offers the plus-size clothing of your dreams, and according to Refinery29, the size 12 to 30 line made its debut at a reasonable price range, costing between $30 and $89. But don’t let the accessible prices fool you; Premme does not compromise fashion for price.

Described by Refinery29 as a “statement collection,” brand founders Nicolette Mason and Gabi Gregg told the online publication that Premme was born out of their own frustrations with minimal size options and compromised style choices.

“We’ve always loved fashion — we’ve been fashion girls for a very long time, and we’re frustrated with the fact that designers aren’t making our size,” Gregg told Refinery29. “The brands that are making our size are [making products that are] diluted and watered down. We didn’t want that for our brand. We didn’t want to compromise style.”

With a mission to make style available to shoppers of all sizes, Mason and Gregg created a line that delivers bold style — think a shorts sweatsuit embellished with pearls — that is both accessible and affordable. What’s more is that Gregg told Refinery29 that Premme acts as a challenge to retailers to be as inclusive as they possibly can.

“We’re trying to change things up. Not only in terms of design but in our messaging and in every element of what we’re doing,” Gregg said. “We’re just trying to be the stand-out brand that’s really listening to the community.”

As if Premme didn’t already seem #flawless, Refinery29 reports that the line also uses plus-sized models who range in size from 16 to 26 — what a concept!

Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not, but you might want to hurry to check it out, since Cosmo is reporting that some items are already starting to sell out.

Skim their selection here.

 

Schumer talks body acceptance with R29

Being in the public eye isn’t easy, especially when there’s heavy expectation to look flawless at all times. But for Amy Schumer, feeding the public’s unreal expectations isn’t on her agenda. In fact, she accepts her body the way it is and wants everyone else to, as well.

Addressing the negative comments surrounding her swimsuit-clad InStyle cover, the Snatched star told Refinery29 in an interview that she doesn’t try to transform herself into what others think she should be, according to HuffPost.

“I shot that InStyle cover and I was really feeling myself that day,” she said. “I think that sort of acceptance… when I see myself in this movie, in a bathing suit, I’m fine. There’s nothing for me to get over. This is my body. This is my face. This is it. I don’t strive for this other version.”

What she does think, however, is that other people need to accept her body — “Or not!” Schumer offered, according to HuffPost. “People need time to decide how they feel about my body. I don’t think about my body. I want to be healthy.”

There’s nothing like owning who you are; thanks for showing us how it’s done, Amy.