Tiny sunglasses are going to be huge according to Kanye West

Kim Kardashian recently sported a pair of minuscule shades on the advice of her stylist husband but its not an easy look to pull off From Joan Crawford to Jackie O, Kate Moss to Kanye West, a pair of sunglasses has long been the accessory weapon of the A list. They are a symbol that says: I am very famous, and have possibly recently had a facelift. But, as Kanye himself has recently decreed, the bigger the better is no longer the unspoken sunglasses rule. Instead, only tiny ones barely covering your eye sockets are cool now. Of course, viewers of Keeping Up With the Kardashians would know that already. Kim revealed that her husband, who doubles as her stylist when hes not busy being the real Kanye, has effectively outlawed big sunglasses. [Kanye] sent me a whole email like, You cannot wear big glasses any more. Its all about […] Read more »

It's in the jeans: why the humble denim jacket is the new power dressing

From Gigi Hadids shrobed version to Vetements and Levis Frankenjacket, the humble jean jacket will be ubiquitous You can tell a lot about a decade by its most overused words. The noughties had bling bling, which evolved into the slightly more refined but essentially similar fabulous. The nineties were all about irony, though we didnt really know what it was, so we said as if! and whatever! a lot. Though this decade started out belonging to the term hipster, we now uphold authentic as the ultimate accolade. In the age of authenticity, the denim jacket is the new power dressing. Expect to see a jean jacket everywhere in 2018. Authenticity, being a balance of keeping it real and keeping it cool, reveres denim more than cashmere. Denim is as grounded as it is steeped in heritage; as utilitarian as it is complex. (Do not get a denim geek on to […] Read more »

Why 2017 was the year of the beauty mogul

Both Rihanna and Pat McGrath have laid the foundations for a more inclusive makeup industry in 2018 The year is drawing to a close with a diverse future of makeup finally shimmering on the horizon. The biggest names on the beauty scene over the past 12 months were Pat McGrath and Rihanna, both of whom created sellout products that corrected the beauty industrys longstanding Eurocentric approach, and were designed for use on all skin tones Rihanna with her Fenty range and beauty industry supremo McGrath with Pat McGrath Labs. These two moguls share a lot in approach. They both have huge and fervent social media followings (McGrath has 1.6 million Instagram followers; Rihanna has 58.5 million). They even share models plus-size beauty and Fenty Beauty campaign star Paloma Elsesser was originally a McGrath muse, discovered on Instagram. But the two took very different routes into beauty. McGrath is one of […] Read more »

Stella McCartney calls for overhaul of 'incredibly wasteful' fashion industry

UK fashion designer backs Ellen MacArthur foundation campaign to stop the global fashion industry consuming a quarter of the worlds annual carbon budget by 2050 Clothes must be designed differently, worn for longer and recycled as much as possible to stop the global fashion industry consuming a quarter of the worlds annual carbon budget by 2050. Fashion designer Stella McCartney condemned her industry as incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment as she joined forces with round-the-world sailor and environmental campaigner Dame Ellen MacArthur to call for a systemic change to the way clothing is produced and used. In a report published on Tuesday, MacArthurs foundation exposes the scale of the waste, and how the throwaway nature of fashion has created a business which creates greenhouse emissions of 1.2bn tonnes a year larger than that of international flights and shipping combined. It warns that if the industry continues on its […] Read more »

How cool are you? Personality quiz | Ben Ambridge

Whether you are the rough and rebellious type or the charismatic thrill-seeking sort, this short test will reveal what sort of cool you are, says Ben Ambridge Are you as cool as a cucumber? Or as naff as a 40-year-old using slang from the 1990s? To find out, simply tick off each of the personality traits you think you possess on each of the lists below. List A Thrill-seeking; unconventional; hedonistic (eg partying, self-indulgence); pro-social values (eg caring, unselfish); driven for success; friendly; competent; charismatic; attractive; confident; trendy; warm. List BRebellious; ironic; rough; aloof; anti-social values (eg selfish). So, are you cool?And, if so, what type of cool? If you ticked mostly traits on List A, then you have what coolness researchers, for example Professor Ilan Dar-Nimrod of the University of Rochester, New York, call cachet-cool. This is the type of cool enjoyed by the popular, conventionally attractive kids. If […] Read more »

Edward Enninful addresses diversity debate with first cover for British Vogue

Politics and culture push fashion world aside, with mixed-race model and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah as cover star The first Vogue cover produced under Edward Enninful has been released, signalling the new editors mission to make political statements, not just fashion ones. The coverlines make no mention of trends, It bags or new mascaras. Instead there is a list of power players in politics and the arts, including Sadiq Khan, Skepta, Steve McQueen and Zadie Smith. These names diverse in age as well as ethnicity - outnumber the more familiar fashion names of Kate Moss, Christopher Bailey, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne. The cover star is the mixed-race British model and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah, who helms the online platform Gurls Talk, sending a clear message that Enninful intends to engage in the conversation about diversity which has sprung up in the wake of his appointment. The choice of a […] Read more »

Naomi Campbell: People try to use your past to blackmail you. I wont allow it

Late and distracted by her phone, the model soon transforms from hauteur to warmth. She discusses racism, Vogue, stereotypes of black women and how, at 47, shes finally become comfortable in her own skin At a big and ritzy Halloween party in New York two Saturdays ago, a lot of highly famous people dressed up as other highly famous people. Naomi Campbell, however, went as herself. Why deign to masquerade as some lesser being when you are already an internationally acknowledged apogee of fabulousness? In a gold strapless mini dress and a crown bigger than the one Beyonc wore at the Grammys, the 47-year-old supermodel was approached by more than one party guest who had come in costume as Naomi Campbell. A real-life Naomi: Campbell at Halloween party in New York, October 2017. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Moet Hennessy When we meet, Halloween itself, we are in the restaurant […] Read more »

The fashion industry said my dreadlocks would stop me working. They were wrong

Theres a lot of politics tied up in black hair, says Miu Miu model Adesuwa Aighewi, but nothing should stop self-expression When I got my hair dreadlocked ahead of New York fashion week, I had some pushback from people in the industry worried that I wouldnt get jobs the suggestion was that I might look too black. But I enjoy being different and standing out so I decided to keep them and take my chances. Two days later, my agents in New York called to say Coach had cast me to open their spring/summer 2018 show at New York. I couldnt believe it Ive walked in other shows in the past, but this was a career-changer. I went on to walk for Miu Miu in Paris and Bottega Veneta in Milan, which is a classic Italian brand not known for using edgy models. I was thrilled a girl with dreads […] Read more »

Bootsy Collins: LSD was a big part of why I left James Browns band

The musician, 66, tells Candice Pires about free love, Funkadelic, coming to earthly consciousness and getting away from being Bootsy My mother never said to me: You cant do that. When it came to finishing high school or going on the road with James Brown, I decided to go. She knew I wasnt really choosing anything harmful. She just wanted me to have fun with whatever I was doing. She was my backbone. You have to be detached from things in order to really love them, and know that theyre not yours. I can say: Youre mine, but thats not true; when I go, I go and when you go, you go. I came up in the days of free love, so its easier for me to lock into that. LSD was a big part of why I left James Browns band. I promised myself Id never do it during […] Read more »

Original supermodels assemble for catwalk tribute to Gianni Versace

Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versaces Milan show Of everything Gianni Versace gave to popular culture he invented the celebrity front row, the metal mesh cocktail dress and arguably the career of Elizabeth Hurley, who might never have found fame were it not for That Dress the supermodel is his greatest legacy. So it was a fitting tribute that a supermodel reunion was the centrepiece of the Versace show staged to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder. Versace invented the supermodel, plucking a few chosen models from the runway ranks and elevating them to a higher strata of glamour. Other models remained humble clothes horses, but this elite became goddesses. Versace, who was already conjuring the imagery of classical goddesses with his becomingly draped dresses, created the perfect women to wear them. Prints charming: models in signature Versace style. Photograph: Luca […] Read more »