fashion

How the Digital Red Carpet Is Changing Celebrity Fashion

The endless stream of parties, premieres, and awards shows that constitute the red carpet is at once a source of lighthearted entertainment and a billion-dollar business. For years, the step-and-repeats at these high-profile events were the best places to gauge a celebrity’s style or track a brand’s popularity amongst A-listers, but the system is now evolving. This year’s global reset has prompted a shift in the way people can gather, how they dress, and what they view as important. In Hollywood, the changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have had a significant impact on how films are made and the way they are promoted. That has meant traditions like the Emmys and MTV Video Music Awards going virtual, press tours occurring on the internet, and the temporary cancelation of institutions like the Cannes and Telluride Film Festivals.

Naturally, these changes have impacted the cottage industry that surrounds red carpet

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“It’s Important to All of Us That Our Conversations Reflect What is Going on,” How the Digital Red Carpet is Changing Celebrity Fashion

The endless stream of parties, premieres, and awards shows that constitute the red carpet is at once a source of lighthearted entertainment and a billion-dollar business. For years, the step-and-repeats at these high profile events were the best places to gauge a celebrity’s style or track a brand’s popularity amongst A-listers, but the system is now evolving. This year’s global reset has prompted a shift in the way people can gather, how they dress, and what they view as important. In Hollywood, the changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have had a significant impact on how films are made and the way they are promoted. That has meant traditions like the Emmys and MTV Video Music Awards going virtual, press tours occurring on the internet, and the temporary cancelation of institutions like the Cannes and Telluride Film Festivals.

Naturally, these changes have impacted the cottage industry that surrounds red

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Tariq Zaidi photographed a world-famous Congolese style tradition that’s changing with the times

Often referred to as “dandies” of the Congo, “sapeurs” and “sapeuses” are men, women and children whose sharp and stylish way of dressing has caught the world’s attention. Below, photographer Tariq Zaidi writes about his own experiences immortalizing some of the followers of “La Sape,” describing how the tradition first started and how it has evolved with the times in an edited excerpt from the book “Sapeurs: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo.” All opinions expressed in this article belong to the author.

Between 2017 and 2019, I traveled to Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to meet whole families of sapeurs, including female “sapeuses” and mini “sapes” in training.

My aim was to highlight the important role “La Sape” plays in their defiance of circumstance, through the stark contrast of the elegance of their dress against the harsh

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How Virtual Fashion Shows Are Changing the Fashion Indudstry

Vogue chief editor Anna Wintour takes her seat in the front row for the catwalk show by fashion house Victoria Beckham during their Autumn/Winter 2020 collection on the third day of London Fashion Week in London on February 16, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Before becoming a journalist, I was on the other side of the press, working at a luxury fashion house in their public relations department. Working for a global brand was amazing and very educational. I was tasked with helping the director dress our celebrity clientele for red carpet events. I got to plan and attend extravagant events for what seemed like the most important people in the world. It was great, but the one thing I hated every year was managing the seating arrangements for fashion shows.

Every spring and winter, our team would hand select the attendees, dole out invites, and assign seating to the coveted show. The process was lengthy: divide 50-75 front row seats among top fashion editors, buyers, celebrities, athletes, models, friends and family, and influencers. We carefully made sure rival publishers weren’t sitting next to each other, or that a known scandal wasn’t visually displayed

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beauty

The Black Scientists, Doctors, and Entrepreneurs Changing The Beauty Industry

In a moment marked by frank cultural conversations about race, identity, and representation, cosmetic companies have responded by revamping their approaches to address audiences that the industry has for too long ignored and underserved. In 2017, Lancôme expanded its Teint Idole Ultra Range to 40 shades, famously followed by Fenty Beauty—and that number has now become a benchmark. But creating makeup in a greater diversity of skin tones is just the tip of the iceberg in an industry-wide transformation that’s been more than a decade in the making.

The real story lies in part with Balanda Atis, a Black cosmetic chemist and head of L’Oréal USA’s Multicultural Beauty Lab. In 2007, Atis knew that the foundation category for women of color was lacking, so she and her team set out on an international tour of 57 countries to collect data on the tonal composition of skin of color. “We used

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Cryptic Studios interview: Surviving Atari, working with Wizards, and a changing business model

Cryptic Studios is entering its third decade in the massively multiplayer online game market, where it started (like everyone else) in paid subscriptions before moving on to the free-to-play model.

In that time, CEO Stephen D’Angelo has seen the company grow from working on one game (City of Heroes) to now maintaining three MMORPGS: Champions Online (Cryptic also owns the pen-and-paper IP after the deal it had with Marvel fell apart and the studio pivoted to another brand), Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.

And for the first time since the early 2010s, Cryptic is getting ready to release a new game: Magic Legends, which is a more action-RPG take on its MMO model.

I spoke with D’Angelo over the summer about the studio’s history and how Cryptic approaches the business. We talked about how it’s thrived since partnering with Perfect World after the Atari meltdown, how it came to work

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fashion

Gucci and The Real Real’s Game Changing Collaboration Is Look at the Future of Fashion

On Monday, luxury consignment website The Real Real announced an exciting collaboration called the Gucci x TRR Shop. It’s exactly what it sounds like; a curated and authenticated shop full of previously-loved Gucci goods.

Seems simple, sure, but in the world of luxury bags and accessories, it’s actually pretty groundbreaking. Not only is Gucci encouraging customers to consign its used items through this program, but the brand is also incentivizing people to purchase secondhand as well. According to a press release, for every item bought or sold, they will plant one tree through the One Tree Planted program.

For a long time, many of the big fashion houses claimed that the consignment industry was cheapening their brand by taking away the exclusivity factor. Many also argued that it was difficult to control the quality of what’s being sold through third-party sites. In fact, Chanel sued The Real Real for “selling

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Meet Circumference, the Sustainable Beauty Brand Changing the Game With Its New Waste-Not Initiative

For New York City-based skin-care brand Circumference, sustainability has always been top of mind. Just over two years ago, the line, which is helmed by husband-and-wife Chris and Jina Kim, debuted with a quartet of complexion heroes, all of which are powered by indigenous ingredients and arrive in recyclable glass bottles. Today, the couple is taking their environmentally-conscious vision even further with the launch of their sixth product: a nourishing cream that is made using leftovers of the winemaking process.

“Now that [Circumference] has been some time in the making, we really wanted to push innovation and progress to add another sustainability layer,” Jina says of the impetus for their new waste-not sourcing initiative, which was inspired, in part, by the book Radical Matter: Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future, and, specifically, a chapter titled “Playing with the perception of waste as a future quarry—a starting point rather than

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fashion

Why Fashion Is Always Changing

Fashion is a popular or the most recent fashion of clothing, decorations, behaviors and designs. Though I was born in 1953, I was endlessly listening to 50’s music, watching 50s motion pictures and now and dressing 50’s type. Love my hubby wearing girdle, bra and stockings. The newer aspect of this development has moved onto a “hippie-luxury” fashion with fashion designers creating earthing luxurious type collections overflowing with outdated fashion materials full of ardour and tranquil colours.

I’ve no problem with men wearing ladies’s clothing full cease. My mother would buy a number of of the blouses or pants that she appreciated, typically in a number of colors and duplicates as a result of she loved the clothes so much. Folks as soon as objected to women wearing pants.

First a part of the cycle, the place the trend is highly hunted instantly after seeing that great fashionable hat, dress … Read More

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