Kelly Rowland Is Launching A Makeup Line for Dark Skin Tones

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Quality makeup options are shamefully scarce for anyone who has a dark skin tone, and singer Kelly Rowland knows it. In order to fill this gap in the beauty industry, Rowland decided to launch a glamorous makeup line for people with darker skin tones, officially speaking on behalf of all the women of color out there. She is thus thinking about a makeup line that is meant to be more inclusive rather than exclusive, in contrast to most of the makeup products that are available at any drugstore.

Kelly Rowland Is Launching A Makeup Line for Dark Skin Tones

Although Kelly Rowland did not officially set a debut date for her makeup line yet, the good news is already hitting the headlines, letting us consumers not only feel excited, but also finally have a serious conversation we so desperately need to start: the tremendous lack of representation of women of color within the beauty and fashion industry. Many brands have tried or are still trying to include makeup pieces for darker skin tones in their collections, yet in fewer numbers in comparison with the average lighter products. Most of the times those with darker complexion find themselves in a dilemma of choosing between a meager spectrum of colors, such as ‘tan’ and ‘brown’, as the motto ‘one shade fits all’ is too often mistakenly followed by women of color.

Brands such as Cocoa Swatches, Queen by CoverGirl, Black Up and Sephora, for example, have their own specific powders, foundations and concealers for women of color, to the pleasure of those who are living in a Caucasian country. These options are, however, less variegated compared to the ones meant for fare skin tones, and the Grammy Award-winner is determined to change that for good.

Speaking exclusively with Essence, Kelly Rowland explained why she specifically chose to take such an incredible and important adventure: “My makeup artist Sheika Daley and I are actually starting a makeup line we’re making sure we make, well, we’re starting off with lashes and then we’re going to have it grow for all women,” she told, “but definitely making sure we have our chocolate girls covered. Gotta get the chocolate girls in there! We have to have that, you know. I think Iman has done a beautiful makeup line and I want to do it too!”

Given the fact that Sheika Daley is the one blessed with many artistic and beauty skills and does the makeup not only for Rowland, but also for Serena Williams and Lala Anthony, the results cannot be disappointing for sure! She is known for using a light coverage and a flawless touch, so whatever comes from her work will very likely add some divine vibes to any look.

Aside from adding beauty ambassador and businesswoman to her CV, Rowland is about to launch a new album and release a book too, which she regarded as being ‘exciting’ but is still shrouded in secrecy. “[I] “can’t even say what it is yet,” she said. What a busy year for Kelly Rowland!

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Alexander Wang’s Long-Awaited SS 2016 Campaign

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It has been weeks since Alexander Wang first started teasing us with his epic spring/summer 2016 campaign, the photos of which on Instagram (Wang even launched a separate account, @wangsquad) all have one thing in common – some good, inspirational girl power vibes. The long-awaitedAlexander Wang spring 2016 campaign features in fact the most iconic models of the moment that Wang calls the #WangSquad.

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

Lensed by Kevin Klein, the campaign takes us to New York City, more precisely to Crest Hardware Brooklyn and Erin McKenna’s Bakery, perfectly embodying the Big Apple’s chaotic yet effervescent spirit. The photos flawlessly capture any day in the life of the average New Yorker girl, who is tough, yet with an effortlessly chic haute couture twist. The models cast for the campaign are Baauer, Isabella Emmack, Molly Bair, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Stella Lucia, Anna Ewers, Lucian Smith, Kaia Gerber, Alice Metza, John Swiatek, Diego Villarreal, Alice Glass, Makonnen, Issa Lish, Binx Walton, Lexi Boling, Peyton Knight, and Vic Mensa, not to mention Aluna Francis, lead singer of AlunaGeorge, music producer and rapper Travi$ Scott, and even Korean pop star CL. Wang, along with stylist Karl Templer, makeup artist Polly Osmond and hairstylist Anthony Turner, searched for the perfect squad members both in the fashion and music industries, adding top-notch artistic touches to this already highly artistic campaign.

Among Wang’s models, Cindy Crawford’s lookalike daughter Kaia Gerber was probably the one who spent the most time teasing us via her Instagram account, as Wang gave us a hint about his soon-to-be released campaign publishing Gerber’s Polaroid picture featuring the ‘coming soon’ caption. Is it also Gerber’s way to tell us that she is about to slay on the runaways soon too? She might still be a teenager, but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, or so they say.

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

Then, while browsing through the pictures, Wang’s willingness to lessen the distances between pop art and fashion becomes undeniably clear, as the designer’s ready-to-wear line-up creations are not the very first things that catch the eye. The Alexander Wang SS 2016 collection’s many pieces perfectly blend in with the campaign’s sets, looking like they were just meant to go along together. Wang’s line-up actually exudes some cool Nineties-grunge vibes, and the street-style aesthetics along with the campaign’s overall vintage effects are nothing but a pure pleasure to watch.

It is also worth mentioning the ultimate grunger starring in the campaign – John Swiatek, whose heroin-chic attitude could just perfectly sum up Wang’s entire collection. The multitude of jewelry pieces used (Wang launched his first-ever jewelry collection under his eponymous label just a few months ago) and the relatable young models eating junk food are then the icing on the cake, making us thrilled to see more campaigns featuring the iconic #Wangsquad in future.

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

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Hermes Fall 2016 RTW Looks Focus on Stylish Warmth

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While many of the designers have been including spaghetti straps and open chests showing off lots of legs and even cutout out sides and backs, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s Hermes fall 2016 ready-to-wear line has been focused on swaddling up in the least bulky manner possible, but still going for the larger sized tops and skirts. Even the boots, though fitted to the legs, are not fitted enough to say they are molded to the limbs, such as they would be if they were in velvet or otherwise. Shoes with socks also appear, which change the manner by which the footwear appears, now seeming as if the ladies are wearing boots that have an interesting style to them. The pumps come in butterscotch, grey, gold and black, while the boots are cream, black, white and camel hued.

Hermes Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - Paris Fashion Week

Even the clothing starts off in some deep golden colors, appearing on coats, culottes, midi hem dresses, pleated skirts, baggy tops and different accessories. We notice the use of bone white coloring with a slight grey tinge, appearing on some really pretty looks, such as the matching turtleneck and maxi skirt combination, accented at the waist with a thin black belt, the creamy hued pantsuit with the pale bronze sweater underneath the long blazer and high-waist loose-leg trousers, worn with hair left loose and white boots to complete the look.

The Hermes essence is that of chic comfort in warm style and that is what each and every jacket, coat, blazer, sweater, boots, trousers and everything else in between strives to create. It is the fall and winter, which means the colors are matching, appearing initially in burnt gold, then in bone white, appealing to us with some creamier hues, a bit of taupe and then some black, before we get a glimpse of maps on the dresses with black backgrounds, the pieces appearing as windows to the souls and secrets of the earth below us. We see some truly delectable dark cherry looks in a maroon hue, appearing on multiple pieces, from skirts to dresses, jackets to form fitting long sleeve tops.

We notice the dark olive that peeks through in between, while combinations of black and white could not be put aside. Oh but the best certainly has to be the gold and garnet silken designs, a fitted sweater tucked into a high-waist skirt with flowing hems and a golden pair of pumps underneath to complete an ensemble that could easily sway any man. It could have been a little different in cuts with the same colors, but beggars cannot be choosers, especially not when we have such delicacies splayed before us.

Yes, we are certainly going to be enjoying the beauty of the Hermes looks over the fall and winter, while the biggest investment will be in those darling blue socks to wear with the golden and black heels. Long sleeves, long skirts and silky overtones mean that we shall be enjoying the loveliness of being covered up now more than ever, stylishly warm in our gorgeous outfits.

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Damir Doma Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – MFW

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Milan-based Damir Doma moved his shows to Milan Fashion Week less than a year ago, and has so far always managed to fill the worldwide catwalks with his uncannily minimalistic aesthetics and clear silhouettes. For his fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection, Croatian-born Damir Doma remained true to his famous style, although deconstructing most of his pieces in order to further achieve one of his New Year’s resolutions as a fashion designer: innovating the brand and establishing a closer link between the label itself and its customers.

Damir Doma Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - MFW

Damir Doma has been researching and investing in new materials and strategies since the last months of 2015, and we could rightly state that this latest collection of his definitely is a starting point from which customers can have a glimpse of what the label is going to be all about (namely: quality and creativeness). The Damir Doma fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection is made of what could be regarded as a terrifically well-tailored ensemble of proportions and textiles, as well as an unexpected juxtaposition of both rough and defined figures. When it comes to Damir Doma, anything is to be taken for granted, as he always puts so much energy and dedication into creating one-of-a-kind items that may combine artistic, architectural and subculture references all in one piece of clothing.

Doma, who grew up in his mom’s atelier, studied in Berlin and worked for Raf Simons before launching his eponymous label, proved this time to be able to create a well-served array of clothing pieces that could be linked to all his milestones, starting from Berlin’s architectural references and ending up with Simons’ open-minded kind of style. Simons surely helped Doma broaden his points of views on fashion, which evidently helped in injecting relaxed heroin-chic lines and polished, yet elaborated cuts to this FW 2016-17 rtw lineup.

Romantic, poetic and melancholic, the Damir Doma fall/winter 2016-17 collection almost solely focuses on grays, whites and blacks, with only a very few dark-toned greens and patterns completing the looks. The Northern-European references are strong in this one, as the lineup features items that anyone wouldn’t be surprise to spot down the streets of London or Berlin.

With a style that could be defined as casual meets heroin-chic, Doma particularly enjoyed designing oversized sweaters, coats, gowns and trousers as well, cutting the vertical and sinuous lines with multiple splits. Inside-out combinations, slip dresses and shell shirts clearly remind us of the Nineties, even when matched with super roomy trousers. The fluidity of the garments is then interrupted by the white deconstructed cropped jackets, as well as the loose cut-outs and super-thin fringes, which enhance Damir Doma’s heroin-chic references even more.

To make sure each one of the looks turned out to be visibly proportionate, he gave most of his gowns asymmetrical cuts and spiced up his dresses with extra layers of fabric, adding a slight form of dynamicity to the entire lineup. Aside from belts and fringes, Doma did as usual forgo any kind of further embellishments, preferring his famed pure form over next fall’s major decorative trends.

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Just Cavalli Fall 2016 RTW Line Channels Punk-Rock Vibes

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“A sporty, urban and youthful collection for baby rockers,” that’s how Cavalli’s creative director Peter Dundas described his newest Just Cavalli fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection unveiled at Milan Fashion Week, revealing his previous pre-fall lineup was only a taste of what the label’s autumnal and wintery accents were all about to be. While for his pre-fall collection, he regarded punk-rock artist Debbie Harry as the collection’s muse, this time around he went further into New York’s rock era using the Factory Studio and the CBGB Club as fictional settings for the Just Cavalli FW 2016 collection.

Just Cavalli Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - Milan Fashion Week

Punk-rocker himself, Peter Dundas combined the artistic excitement of Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory with CBGB’s wave of unconventional free-spirited musicians, songwriters and personalities who attended the club’s many concerts. Everything is of course tied up with some polished New York vibes. As a result, the collection mixes Warhol’s jocose sequential patterns with CBGB’s studded pieces of clothing, relentlessly playing with contrasting motifs and making ample usage of quirky embellishments as well as different fabrics.

The lineup is, in fact, a well-served potpourri of leather, wool, furry and silky proposals, wherein sequins, sleek effects and contrasting gemstones are prosperous and at times literally blossom. Finding his main source of inspiration in the late Seventies-early Eighties, Dundas couldn’t exempt himself from adding cat-eye sunglasses, wide belts with gemstones and floral embellishments, gauzy handbags and vertiginous heels to the looks, making the collection a The Ramones-approved one (The Ramones staged their first concert at the CBGB, and would definitely rock some of Just Cavalli’s biker jackets).

The first thing one may notice while looking at Dundas’ array of proposals is that it could be regarded as the brightest ever with its vibrant pinks, bold reds and shocking purples being all over the place. To make it even more colorful, Dundas enriched the collection with both some of his favorite zebra patters, and other billowy squared designs, adding the ultimate pop-art touch to the upcoming autumnal season.

Printed furry collars, loose shirts (is it me or there’s Joan Jett giggling?) and fishnets all looked refined despite being not conventionally sophisticated, and all prepared us for the lineup’s key-pieces: a pair of bright red super skinny pants, a long-sleeved pink sequined t-shirt dress and a delicate pink coat that I bet will charm many of you. There’s even a sequined golden t-shirt dress with pin-up girl patches that will definitely quickly go sold out, although being not one of the collection’s key pieces.

Thin animal-motif scarves, cropped biker and varsity jackets, along with super miniskirts and metallic trousers just top it all off, while a Seventies-inspired maxi dress revealed Dundas’ intention to revamp Just Cavalli, while still being (at least modestly) anchored to its iconic legacy.

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MSGM Fall 2016 RTW Show Called an Interlude on Social Media

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Massimo Giorgetti’s MSGM fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection at Milan Fashion Week was all about bright and oversized prints on varying sizes of garments. The garments were all oversized to some degree, with a range coming in the extent. For instance, the collection started off with an oversized, tea-length puffer coat complete with fur collar and oversized polka dots, while later on you could find a slimmer, but still baggy, long-sleeved dress with a large, abstract graphic of two faces kissing on the front.

MSGM Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - Milan Fashion Week

Giorgetti took a completely different approach to his collection than other designers this year, and it led to the line’s intriguing title “Interlude.” With the title, one might assume the collection would be refreshing and simple, but with all of the distracting color and prints it’s easy to strike out that option. The true meaning behind the name had to do with the audience. Where others are promoting social media usage for their brands, and with many designers of New York Fashion Week opting to show their lines in season to remove waiting time for consumers, Giorgetti took the moment to call the audience to an “interlude” and leave their smartphones stowed away for the duration of the show.

“I do this to protect the work, for the magazines, for the stores,” Giorgetti said backstage. He also talked about his concerns that consumers will be more easily bored by fashion when they are able to instantly gratify the craving for new collections. The designer is in no way opposed to the realm of social media, however. He is an Instagram sensation himself, and does appreciate the potential of the publicity it allows for, but this is one area that he feels could do without online updates.

Naturally, this didn’t stop people from soon uploading photos from the MSGM fall 2016 show online, but he did make his stance perfectly clear. He wanted to make the event about the garments he had created for the present audience, and nothing more. His press notes made certain that this concept was pushed across. “Just clothes. Enjoy!” they concluded.

The clothes in the collection made it hard for audience members to not want to post photos. With everything being just out of reach of standard ready-to-wear, it made for an interesting show full of surprising twists. Who’s ever heard of a puffer skirt? I’m inclined to say not many people before this show. The silhouette was that of a chic pencil skirt with ruffle and slit detailing, but the material and color were certainly a cause for pause.

Overall, in spite of the clothes’ being oversized, Giorgetti was able to keep things chic. Styling is a designer’s best friend for showing off the best sides of their collections, and it can also make or break an entire line. In this case, the designer knew what he wanted to accomplish and made it happen. Between the prints and the accessorizing, the collection was a success.

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