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The Marmite of the shoe world has gained new-found favour in lockdown — and even the fashion crowd have fallen for the comfort shoe


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Editorial: Business and political leaders must work together on improving conditions in Leicester’s clothing factories


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The way we shop is changing. We’re now paying more attention to where we spend our hard-earned money and what we buy, especially with the economy in its current state. Bottom line: It needs to provide a return on investment. This return could be financial through the potential of resale; it could be emotional, regarding the joy it brings you. In terms of style, it could prove its longevity by staying relevant season after season. And depending on what you want to spend, this could range from a Rolex to a classic shift dress. To deduce the smartest purchases of the moment, who better to tap than experts from two major resale companies? Sophie Hersan, fashion director and co-founder of Vestiaire Collective, and Noelle Sciacca, The RealReal’s women’s editorial lead, are a wealth of knowledge, as they have watched both the fashion and resale industry over an extended period of time and know firsthand what has stayed desirable. Apart from providing the knowledge of which items have the highest resale value, they recognize the fickle nature of trends and the importance of investing in your own pieces—taking care of them to eliminate wear. And while, yes, the major designers à la Gucci, Hermès, etc., always perform well, more accessible labels like Ganni and Paris Texas are becoming a force to be reckoned with, as well.  

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From your experience, what are pieces that don’t date in terms of style? Sophie Hersan: “Timeless investment pieces and vintage classics will always remain in style. Iconic designs like a Hermès Birkin, a Cartier Tank Watch, or a perfectly fitted vintage blazer from YSL will forever be fashionable and are worth the money as they hold their value over time.” Noelle Sciacca: “An elevated tote bag you can take to work, like the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, or even the beach similar to The Row’s canvas tote, is a style that seems to transcend age demographic, decade, and economic climate.”



Financially, which items hold the highest resale value? SH: “Iconic styles from classic luxury brands have historically always retained their value and in some instances can also increase in value over time. For example, a Hermès Kelly, Birkin, or Constance, and a Louis Vuitton Keepall are a reliable investment. More recently, we’ve seen ‘new luxury’—brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, Prada, Dior and Off-White—holding their resale value, as they’ve become so trendy. Limited-edition pieces are also something to consider. Rarity drives up the price. A one-of-a-kind color or special collection increases the demand and holds interest over time as a collector’s item. A couple of recent examples would be the Louis Vuitton x Murakami collection or the unique Dior Saddle designs released over the past few years.” NS: “Fine jewelry, watches, and handbags are always smart investments, since they hold strong resale value or even appreciate in value over time. For handbags, brands you can’t go wrong with are Hermès, CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. For jewelry and watches, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Rolex are all at the top.” Which items typically have a slower turnover rate? SH: “Out-of-season or out-of-trend items tend to sell more slowly. Though, on many occasions, certain pieces come back in style, so it’s good to hold on to items that might not be valuable right now. Most importantly, take good care of your pieces so they don’t lose their value. Always invest in their care—don’t over-wash your clothes, have them repaired by a tailor, and take your leather goods to a professional who can easily make them like new again.” *As a public company, The RealReal cannot comment on their turnover rate.  

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Do clothing and accessories typically sell at the same rate? Which category has a higher return? SH: “Depending on the style and how in-demand a particular model might be, accessories overall sell faster than clothing does, since they’re unsized and less prone to wear. Fine jewelry and handbags are something buyers are always looking to invest in, especially when they’re made to last and well cared for. There are many vintage pieces on Vestiaire Collective that are still in like-new condition after decades of use.” NS: “Popular clothing silhouettes can change from season to season. It may be 20 years before we see the demand increase for a certain ’60s-style dress. Accessories, specifically small leather goods and silk scarves, have more timeless designs that are coveted consistently, regardless of what’s trending.” What is the rate of sale of top luxury designers versus smaller, younger brands? Has this changed since you’ve been in business? SH: “The demand for luxury and designer brands has remained fairly consistent on our platform, although we see these change and evolve over time as some brands grow and wane in popularity. Gucci, specifically, has become one of our best-selling brands on Vestiaire Collective, overtaking many of the other luxury houses. We’ve also noticed that emerging and indie designers have really taken off over the last few years. The rise of social media and better access to consumers has helped to fuel this. We’ve now seen many accessible, contemporary brands like Ganni, Rouje, Wandler, and By Far prove to be extremely popular with our community.” NS: “The top luxury brands remain our best sellers. Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Gucci are some of the best sellers on our site. As we add new names to our designer directory and continue to increase our emerging designer supply, growth for that category continues to be strong. That being said, we are seeing emerging designers sell well on our site and have seen the overall demand for these newer names increase by 20 percent since last month, with Nanushka, Paris Texas, and Khaite as some of the most coveted.” Are there certain pieces that you see clients holding on to for long periods of time in their own closets versus those they might keep for only a short period of time, then sell to you? SH: “Trend-focused pieces tend to be sold over a shorter period of time. Though they sell quite quickly on the resale market, we do see quite a few current-season listings. You just have to be quick to catch them! For example, the Bottega Veneta quilted mules have had quite an Instagram moment and are sold out firsthand, so people see the resale value and like to cash in. Timeless classics are kept much longer.” NS: “People tend to hold on to their investment pieces for a longer period of time. It could be a timeless investment like a great, classic bag or a splurge-worthy watch, while to others it might be a collector item like a vintage dress or one-of-a-kind piece straight from the runway. These are the pieces that people hold on to longer because they not only retain value over time, but also are the most meaningful to the customer. We see that people keep the items from the more ‘in-the-moment’ industry trends for a shorter period of time. Trends are constantly changing, so we see consignors coming to us to consign these items after they’ve worn it for the season so they can reinvest in next season’s trends.”  

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How have your sales shifted since the pandemic hit? Which items have sold better, and which have lost traction? SH: “We’ve noticed a lot of our members using the extra time at home to clean out their closets. Our number of new listings increased by 88 percent in May compared to the year before. In light of this, we recently launched our new direct shipping service in the US! For all items under $500, buyers can opt out of physical quality control and authentication and receive their purchase directly from the seller. We’re also offering free shipping on this service, which saves buyers an average of $20, reduces delivery times by nearly 40 percent, and cuts down on shipping-related carbon emissions. We’ve responded to our members who are especially interested in this accessible price range right now and who want to save time and money on their orders during the pandemic. Orders at this price range have increased 119 percent since last year. Otherwise, we’ve seen sales on all categories remain stable, but comfortable loungewear and stable investment pieces have proven particularly popular.” NS: “The demand for investment handbags hasn’t faltered since the pandemic hit. We’ve seen a 20 percent month-over-month increase in demand for high-value handbags. People are becoming more conscious of how they consume and are gravitating toward classic investment pieces in case they want to consign the handbag in the future. Demand for women’s vintage handbags and clothing has also held particularly strong. In May we saw a 50 percent spike in demand for women’s vintage compared to the same time last year. In years past, we’ve typically seen stronger demand for cocktail dresses, given the summer wedding season and other seasonal events. We’re seeing demand for cocktail dresses down, but demand for casual dresses is up 65 percent year over year.” Do the patterns of sales ever surprise you? SH: “Our members are quite savvy and very attuned to trends and news in the industry. For example, after Raf Simons joined Prada, we saw a 1,289 percent increase in searches for Prada the following day. Similarly, we tend to see dramatic increases in searches for brands and designs after celebrities wear certain pieces. Marine Serre is a great example. Her iconic moon design is hard to keep in stock because trendsetters like Kylie Jenner have posted it so much on Instagram.” NS: “There are many factors that can affect demand and sales on the secondary market, so it’s hard to make predictions on patterns of sales. Trends can have a major impact on demand for resale as well as designer shakeups (for example, when news that Phoebe Philo was leaving Celine, [searches] went up 30 percent on our site) and notable moments in pop culture. All of these factors can create demand on the secondary market, therefore impacting resale prices and sales on our site.” What would you recommend as three pieces of clothing/accessories to purchase that you will keep forever? SH: “I love classic designs and an edited wardrobe, so my top three choices right now would be a Rolex Lady Datejust, a vintage Yves Saint Laurent smoking jacket, and a Cartier Juste Un Clou ring.” NS: “Three smart investment pieces you can love and wear forever are a cashmere sweater in a neutral color, a luxe leather tote bag, and a delicate gold necklace.”  




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The editorial is a rare glimpse at how the fashion industry is changing behind the scenes. Wales Bonner, John Rogers and Mitchell are the creative minds who are diversifying fashion, in the same way that Ocasio-Cortez, a first generation Latinx-American, has come to represent a more inclusive vision of American politics.


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BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pretty Vulgar cosmetics, a throwback to the ladylike charm of a bygone era with a modern attitude, is partnering with leading online


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As our lifestyles have pivoted away from on-the-go to outside to couch-bound inside, social media has followed suit. Translation: we're seeing a little less what's-in-my-bag and a little more what's-on-my-coffee-table. Our homes are now working overtime, and one of their most highly trafficked areas just so happens to be our living rooms: it's an office; a favorite neighborhood restaurant; the go-to nail salon. And, since these spaces are getting so much extra love, we decided to pull a little Instagram inspiration on how to best zhuzh them up without buying a bunch of new furniture — and we landed on the coffee table.Setting your living space up for new multi-functioning success can either be as complex as picking out a new loveseat or as easy as purchasing a throw blanket. But, in the interest of striking a balance, we decided to go the cool coffee-table decor route. After scouring the trending depths of Instagram's most stylish and functional coffee-table snapshots, we picked up nine stellar ideas: from mid-century modern sculptures to quirky candle pairings and colorful book stacks. Ahead, browse the easy-yet-elevated decor hacks that will make your coffee table sing. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Experiment with neutral colors and texture pairings... Coffee table arrangements that use varying neutral hues with mixed textures are currently circulating across social media — think sandy woods, deep matte blacks, and soft marbled grays. Try experimenting on your own surface by pairing a soft palette with rough material for an easy pop of elevated simplicity.Threshold Decorative Paulownia Wood Bowl Beige, $, available at Targetvillacera Handcrafted Glazed Bamboo Bottle Neck Vase, $, available at Home DepotWorld Market White Marble Hexagon Coasters Set of 4, $, available at Cost Plus World MarketPlay with pastels...Our favorite influencers are embracing pink, green, and lavender — and we can totally see why. The combination of colors evokes a nostalgic, peaceful vibe within the home. Mix and match funky candles with muted bouquets and glassware. Ontwerpduo Tallow Standing Taper Candle, $, available at Urban OutfittersBloomingville Bloomingville Stout Clear Glass Vase, $, available at AmazonLex Pott Twist Candle, $, available at Coming SoonOrganize your chaos...There's something about a curated space that still looks lived in — we don't want our homes to resemble a showroom. Follow Molly's thought process with multiple stems, blooms, silhouettes, and retro colors. Urban Outfitters Glass Taper Candle Holder, $, available at Urban OutfittersMuuto Light Blue Kink Vase, $, available at TrouvaBoy Smells Kush Candle Variety Pack, $, available at ShopbopPlay with statement-making ceramics...Quirky ceramics or statement-making sculptural items are a surefire way to enhance the unique detail in any living space. These tiny ones are able to be stored away and swapped out, depending on the mood and season. EverDreamCraft Ceramic Butt Vase, $, available at EtsyDoiy Girl Power Raised Female Fist Ceramic Vase, $, available at AmazonOhemaaJewellery Ceramic Torso Sculpture, $, available at EtsyLayer in modern-minimalist accents...If you're like me, you love clean lines and coordinating hues. Matching book stacks tonal hues will suffice when teamed with plants and your favorite candle for a modern-minimalist effect. The Sill Echeveria Preta, $, available at The SillEero Saarinen Saarinen Basic Art Series 2.0 Book, $, available at AmazonProject 62 Acacia Serving Tray, $, available at TargetEmbrace splashes of vivid colors...What better way to liven up a living space than with vivid colors? Nothing we can think of! Embrace Tamu's bright personality with color-popped vases and playful bouquets. You'll instantly feel happier as soon as you come home. Color Life Dried Pampas Grass (Deep Purple), $, available at AmazonRhapsody Studio Ceramic Vases, Half Round, $, available at AmazonUrban Stems The Jennifer Flowers, $, available at Urban StemsAdd dishes or ashtrays... If you want your space to be both functional and fashion-forward, add a few sophisticated catch-all dishes that work as storage for tiny items — preferably in standout textiles like marble, ceramic, or cement. Place your candles and matchsticks atop each so everything has a place. Fleur De Lis Living Ransome Marble Round Soap Dish, $, available at WayfairCB2 Santi White Marbleized Tray, $, available at CB2Build your own bookstore... If you're a writer, reader, or poem lover then chances are you probably own a lot of novels and magazines. Instead of stacking them all on a stow-away bookshelf, opt for your coffee table. A plethora of coffee-table books looks perfect all stacked upon one another. E. Lawrence Ltd. E. Lawrence Ltd. 4 Piece Art Quote Stack Decorative Book Set, $, available at WayfairSerena and lily Coffee Table Book Set, $, available at Serena and LilyFashion it into a dining table...Let's face it: not all of us have enough space for a full-blown dining room table. Instead of eating over your lap on the sofa, opt for a coffee table that doubles as a dining room. Serve yours with fun cutting boards and serving trays. Sur La Table Marble and Wood Serving Paddle, $, available at Sur La TableAnthropologie Lustered Wine Glasses, $, available at AnthropolgieWilliams-Sonoma Marble Salt Box, $, available at Williams-SonomaLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?R29ers Try Our All New Home Decor Line38 Clever Items That Will Open Up Your Small Space9 Instagram-Inspired Ideas For Your Bedroom-Office


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MAHDIA, Tunisia — The sun is setting by the time Tunisian fashion designer Chems Eddine Mechri reaches the breezy, seaside town of Mahdia. He has spent half the day driving


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WEST CHESTER, Pa., Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- QVC, the long-time pioneer in size-inclusive fashion, accessories, and footwear that represent all bodies, announced today that it is collaborating with leading


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BENNINGTON — New business My Generation Vintage hopes to help people incorporate vintage clothing into their everyday wardrobes in an effort to make fashion more sustainable and accessible.


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Growing up on a farm in Kiowa, a small city in southern Kansas, Hope Foltz said she didn’t have much exposure to the clothing and fashion worlds, but she’d loved


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Designer Marlon Austin of Bespoke Couture shares his insight on the top trends for modern grooms.


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ABINGDON, Va. — Katie Edwards is “Head Over Heels” with a newly installed exhibit at the William King Museum of Art.


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Not even COVID-19 can turn the holidays ho-hum or cancel fashion concerns for seasonal celebrations – so consider one of these stunning outfits to celebrate the end of 2020 by


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The fashion retail giant returned to profitability last quarter and is well positioned to benefit from a retail recovery over the next couple of years.


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A Black, Muslim plus-size model is breaking barriers in the fashion industry after being chosen by PrettyLittleThing to model its new line of modest clothing.


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Diablo makes holiday shopping a snap with these can’t-fail presents for kids, women, and men.


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MILAN (AP) — Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying the pandemic slowdown has allowed her to see instances


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MILAN (AP) — Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying the pandemic slowdown has allowed her to see instances


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WHITLEY COUNTY — One Whitley County native who dreamed of some day making it big is now making a statement in the fashion world with the launch of her own


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New York Fashion Week and entertainment’s 2020 awards season saw a major movement in fashion: Dramatic nail art. Fashionistas everywhere traded in their subtle French manicures for more attention-grabbing styles.


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In the opening scenes of the rapper Jukkie’s music video “In Too Deep”, two women return from a night in Cardiff covered in blood. They wash their hands before stripping out of their bloodied clothes. Then, as if taking part in a ritual, they stand in their underwear as the rapper drops their clothes into an oil drum and lights a match, and watch as the evidence of the crime they have just committed goes up in flames. This music video was uploaded to YouTube last summer. It is still available to watch at any time of day and with no age filter. A BBC Wales investigation reported that Jukkie, whose real name is Laurent Mondo, has spent time in prison on drugs and knife crime charges. Following a recent spate of stabbings in Cardiff, the local police, councillors and an MP all want YouTube to take the music video down. They fear that Jukkie is normalising, even romanticising, the city’s gang culture. “When I went to YouTube to ask them to remove it, they wouldn’t, saying it was legitimate artistic expression and they didn’t want to be seen banning grime and drill music videos,” says Stephen Doughty, Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth. “I’m talking about stuff that’s glorifying violence.” In Google’s glass-walled offices in King’s Cross, Ben McOwen Wilson, YouTube’s chief executive for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, clarified the platform’s stance: “Our position is we are not going to block drill wholesale. “In Too Deep” glamorises violence, but there is undoubtedly a case that it has artistic merit. What is remarkable is that the people of Cardiff – who, through a variety of public institutions have stated their opposition to the video – have been overruled by YouTube. A piece of content that may have real consequences in Wales has been approved by an unnamed YouTube moderator sitting in front of a screen in Lisbon, Dublin or one of many unidentified locations in the UK. Such is the state of broadcasting legislation in 2020. How did we get here? *** Fifteen years ago, on 23 April 2005, a young man stood in front of the elephant enclosure at San Diego Zoo and mumbled something self-consciously into a camera about the animals’ trunks. The man was Jawed Karim, one of YouTube’s three co-founders and the video, the first 18 seconds of footage uploaded to the site, would change history. “Me at the zoo” was indicative of the genre that YouTube would pioneer – the online clip. With this new, all-conquering form, YouTube was able to grow into a monopoly. “It’s a way for the world to consume and share video and there isn’t another one of those,” says Wilson. “There I don’t think of us really as being directly competitive to anyone.” Anticipating the shift towards online clips, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65bn in 2006. In 2018, Morgan Stanley estimated its worth to be 100 times that. As a consequence, the two most popular websites in the world are owned by the same company. Since then, other tech giants have scrambled to keep up with internet users’ insatiable appetite for digital video. After the iPhone was launched in 2007, the rise of the smartphone accelerated the shift to online clips. In 2012, Facebook and Twitter bought audiovisual apps – Instagram and Vine respectively. The following year Facebook began autoplaying videos in people’s feeds, with Mark Zuckerberg publicly acknowledging in 2016 that his company was moving to a policy of “video first”. “In general people find audiovisual an easy way to consume,” says Wilson. “That can be at the really prosaic end of things, like try reading some Ikea instructions or watch some bloke building it. Or it can be the news.” While Facebook, Twitter, and more recently TikTok have cottoned on to the trend, YouTube remains the market leader. According to Ofcom, nine out of ten people in the UK visit YouTube every month, and young people between the ages of 16 and 34 spend an average of 64 minutes a day on the platform. For those between the ages of 16 and 24, YouTube is the most popular media source of all. *** Dr Sharon Coen, a media psychologist at the University of Salford, notes that content on YouTube “adopts features that are typical of tabloids”. She highlights the way that the site’s users tend to frame their videos in a clickbait fashion. “They use sensationalised titles and headlines, references to identity, particular visual cues that elicit negative emotions.” Because audiovisual content can be so easily consumed and because, as a species, we are so influenced by moving images, there are strict broadcasting rules for television in the UK. No such legislation exists for the internet. This free-for-all has consequences. YouTube has undoubtedly democratised the UK arts scene, helping to bring talents such as Stormzy and shows such as the mockumentary People Just Do Nothing to mainstream attention. But there is a strong argument that it has debased political discussion. Paul Joseph Watson, a conspiracist YouTube vlogger and Ukip activist, who makes videos with titles such as “JK Rowling is a Vile Piece of Sh*t” and “F**k the 'Vote Remain' Campaign”, has 1.8 million subscribers. That means that Watson – whose most popular video ponders whether the US government concealed warnings about 9/11 in the $20 bill – has an audience five times as large as Newsnight. He recently began broadcasting about coronavirus. “Today these are the principal pipes through which many people get their news and information and view of the world,” says Damian Collins, the former chair of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) select committee. “We’ve got to move away from thinking about broadcasting being something the BBC and ITV do, something that’s done through dishes and signals and boxes, to thinking that it’s about audiovisual content and audiences. Where there’s a role for oversight is where the biggest audiences gather.” Under Collins’ stewardship during the previous parliament, the DCMS select committee played a pioneering role in attempting to legislate against Big Tech. Faced with the continued ubiquity of harmful online content, the government recently announced that it was “minded to” introduce legislation. In what appears to be a watered-down version of Collins’ recommendations, the broadcasting regulator Ofcom will be given a role in publicly holding social media companies to account. The Big Tech platforms will have a “duty of care” to their users. If they fail to prevent harmful content from spreading, they could face substantial fines. In reality, the sheer scale of YouTube means that, even if such legislation does make its way through the voting lobbies, its effect may well be cosmetic. “Ofcom has 1,000 employees in total. YouTube has 10,000 community moderators,” says Chris Stokel-Walker, a journalist and author of YouTubers: How YouTube Shook Up TV and Created a New Generation of Stars. “And even they can’t even keep up with the borderline cases.” What is more, the proposed legislation confronts only content relating to terrorism, paedophilia and racism. The government’s white paper fails to address the content on YouTube that contravenes British broadcasting law on current affairs and news being reported with impartiality and balance, and does not refer to the idea of broadcasting as a public service. “The people who set up the BBC were not interested in what was good for the industry, but in what was good for society,” says David Hendy, a historian of the British media, reflecting on the last big broadcasting boom. “In the aftermath of the First World War, the point of broadcasting was to heal society.” In contrast, YouTube’s founders Steven Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim sold their stakes in the firm just 18 months after establishing it. The site makes its money through content that grabs people’s attention; the substance of that content is less important. This is why a sensationalist huckster like Paul Joseph Watson can broadcast to millions. “Why aggressive, anxiety-provoking, maudlin, polarising discourse should prove more profitable than its opposite is a mystery,” George Saunders writes in the title essay of his 2007 collection, The Braindead Megaphone. “In surrendering our mass storytelling function to entities whose first priority is profit, we make a dangerous concession: ‘Tell us,’ we say in effect, ‘as much truth as you can while still making money.’ This is not the same as asking ‘Tell us the truth.’” *** When you watch a video on YouTube – let’s say, for argument’s sake, a compilation of Arsenal goals from the 2003-04 “Invincibles” season – a series of recommended videos appears on the side of the viewing window. Because YouTube makes money through advertising, its main aim is to keep its viewers watching videos for as long as possible. It does this through its recommendation algorithm. Using the information that you are in an Arsenal-watching mood, the recommendation algorithm populates the webpage with related videos – perhaps Thierry Henry’s flicked volley against Manchester United in 2000 or Arsène Wenger’s final press conference from 2018. When the first video ends, YouTube automatically plays another. The cumulative effect of this will be familiar to many; it is mind-numbing. Your critical faculties shut down. Seconds fade into minutes, which fade into hours. You become a lotus-eater of personalised pixels. But this does not last a single sitting. Over time, the algorithm uses your viewing history and any other information the site can gather about you to predict which recommendations will make you more likely to watch another video, and another, and another. In 2018, YouTube’s chief product officer Neal Mohan admitted that 70 per cent of videos watched on the platform were viewed via the recommendation algorithm. The algorithm does not make these predictions in terms of preferences or moral choices, as a human would; it unremittingly rewards videos that keep the viewer engaged. The effects of this can be disturbing. In 2019, the New York Times reported that a home video of a child playing in a paddling pool in Rio de Janeiro, initially shared only with the child’s family, was watched 400,000 times in a matter of days because the algorithm was recommending it to users who had previously watched other videos of partially clothed children. Another effect of recommendation by logic is that viewers are shown videos that further intensify emotions elicited by earlier videos. YouTube does not measure emotional responses, but it measures their effects. Just as drug addicts chase an ever more intense high, so YouTube viewers are more likely to remain enthralled if the subject matter they are presented with is gradually intensified. Just one more click. Just one more video. Critics call this the “rabbit hole effect”. “They are not only curating the content, they are doing so with a commercial imperative,” says Damian Collins. “The question is then: does it matter what you direct people to, as long as you hold their attention?” If you are watching Arsenal videos, intensification is not really a problem. You move from the greatest Dennis Bergkamp passes to the most insane Robin van Persie volleys. But if the subject matter is vaccines, pandemics, or politics, then it is. In 2019 a New York Times investigation argued that a fringe politician called Jair Bolsonaro gained enough popularity to run for the Brazilian presidency, in part because he benefited from the YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. Everything from the rise of climate change denial to the recent resurgence of German neo-Nazism has been linked to the tendency towards extremes that keeps people watching online video clips. Yvette Cooper, who as Labour chair of the home affairs select committee looked into extremist material online, found herself being recommended more and more far-right videos because of her research into the platform. She recently concluded that the website was “an organ of radicalisation”. **** When I put this to Ben McOwen Wilson in a plywood meeting pod at Google’s London headquarters, he admitted that there had been problems with the algorithm, but that this had been addressed. “Last year we began down-rating content that was not in breach of our guidelines, not in breach of our policies, certainly not in breach of the law – but largely, not great content that we would be super-proud of to have on our platform,” says the former director of online at ITV. “We are not seeking to deliberately inject balance,” he adds. “There are,” he says, “two exceptions. One is around violent extremism messaging, when we seek to push [users] down a different route. The second is where it is explicitly conspiracy theories. Then we absolutely surface links out to Encyclopaedia Britannica or Wikipedia or other videos on the site that say these shootings did happen, people did land on the moon, the Earth is not flat.” If you go on YouTube today, you will find the page covered with links to NHS pages with information on coronavirus. I gave Wilson an example of where, despite the improvements, I thought the algorithm was still going wrong. Christopher Hitchens is popular on YouTube. Although his politics were hard to nail down, for most of his life (including his time at the New Statesman in the 1970s), Hitchens was pretty solidly associated with the left. Yet his criticism of Islam and his forceful style of debating have led to him being bracketed by YouTube’s algorithm as a figure of the right. Inadvertently or not, an editorial decision has been made about Hitchens and it is influencing the beliefs of millions of people. “Did you get a Richard Dawkins video?” asked Wilson of what YouTube ought to have recommended me, based on an initial viewing of a Christopher Hitchens video. “From Richard Dawkins you might have got to David Attenborough. And from David Attenborough you might have got to penguin videos. But you’re not telling me that story.” When I got home from the interview with Wilson, I tried to map the series of recommendations that Wilson had suggested. I typed “Christopher Hitchens” into the search bar of a clean browser and clicked on the first video that YouTube presented me with – “Hitchens delivers one of his best hammer blows to cocky audience member”. As Wilson suggested, after this video, I was indeed recommended a Richard Dawkins video – “Confused girl questioning Richard Dawkins religion”. However, at this point the algorithm took me to a different place from the one Wilson suggested. I did not get David Attenborough and I did not get penguins. Instead, I got a more extreme version of the previous video – “Richard Dawkins Tears Muslim Politician a New One”. Then came videos of Jordan Peterson, the outspoken Canadian psychology professor. In three short clicks I had gone from watching Hitchens express his hope for “the good relations that could exist between different peoples, nations, races, countries, tribes, ethnicities” to watching white men aggressively confront Muslim women about their beliefs. *** There is a reason why you can’t find pornography on YouTube. Every pixel of video uploaded to the site is trawled for nipples, buttocks and genitalia by “flesh filters”. Likewise, the appearance of certain racist words will set off algorithmic checks. YouTube argues that it makes no editorial decisions, or rather that such decisions are so slight as to not require oversight. “We’re not the editor,” says Wilson. “I’m not signing off on it, I’m not approving of it, I’m not disapproving of it.” Nevertheless, even if technology enacts the removal of porn from YouTube, a human being made the original decision to ban it. The more you dig, the more it becomes clear that throughout the business there is a lot of editing, and most of it is done by human eyes. “We have to work with the UK on knife crime and gang violence,” says Wilson, explaining YouTube’s policy of obeying “trusted flaggers”, who advise the company on the removal of certain videos. Charities, welfare groups and public bodies lend their expertise to YouTube’s 10,000 worldwide moderators so that they can make locally sensitive decisions on how to respond to difficult issues such as knife crime. “We work with Catch22, Red Thread, the Mayor’s office, the Metropolitan Police.” However, as the case of “In Too Deep” shows, there is scope for error, disagreement or a combination of both. An anonymous moderator made a subjective decision: that the artistic merit of the video outweighed its potential for harm. As a society, we need to ask ourselves if we consider it appropriate to leave YouTube to its own devices, and to allow unnamed employees to remain the authority on such questions. The implication of such a decision would be that we are moving to a more American approach to broadcasting, in which private companies enforce their own standards. “The role of the state is to draw the line between legal and non-legal,” says Jim Killock, a digital campaigner at Open Rights Group, which argues that such editorial decisions should remain in the hands of the tech companies. “A regulator will be making political decisions.” *** The online clip is becoming the dominant media form. In our pockets, rucksacks and handbags, we hold a device that can film, edit and broadcast in a matter of seconds. That does not mean, however, that broadcasting standards cannot be upheld. “There’s a difference between someone posting a video of their cat for their friends, and someone who is deliberately building their career and their reputation and an audience of very large numbers, using YouTube as the platform through which to do it,” says Damian Collins. “It’s the separation of the idea between freedom of speech, and freedom of reach.” The alternative to this is to continue to allow huge audiences to watch unregulated videos recommended by an algorithm guided primarily by a commercial imperative. To do so would cement a change in the role of broadcasting in our democracy: that it is no longer a public service. This has profound implications. Last month it emerged that many of YouTube’s moderators have been sent home because of the coronavirus pandemic. That implies that during an unprecedented crisis, the world’s biggest broadcaster will rely to a greater extent on algorithms to sort irony from sincerity, information from propaganda, and fact from fiction. In a video entitled “Coronavirus,” the YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson claims that there is “no pandemic in Russia”, that the World Health Organisation has tried to “language-police the words you’re allowed to use to describe coronavirus”, and that the dangers of the disease may have been “exaggerated to whip up hysteria for political purposes”. At the time of writing, this video has been watched 879,000 times. The false theory that 5G wireless technology is spreading the virus has also been linked to YouTube. The New York Times calculated that the ten most popular 5G conspiracy videos posted on YouTube were watched 5.8 million times in March. And while YouTube was reported by the BBC to have “banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks” after complaints about an interview with David Icke in which he expounded his demonstrably false theories about the pandemic, Icke continues to broadcast misinformation about Covid-19 to his 880,000 subscribers. The lax regulation of online broadcasting has real and dangerous results, of which the burning of 5G masts across the country are but one example. As the UK drifts towards an American-style broadcast model, the implications of this should be considered by the government as a matter of the utmost urgency. During this pandemic, we are already paying the costs for our inaction.


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Tucked away on a quiet street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, lies a true hidden gem: Lidow Archive, a collection of over 4,000 pieces of retro vintage and designer collectibles neatly organized in the basement of stylist and founder Haile Lidow’s apartment. The archive—Lidow’s own personal collection that she’s been growing over the past 15 years, since middle school—is impressive, featuring such gems as a reissue of the iconic Christian Lacroix top featured on Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover and a pair of Phoebe Philo’s “toenail shoes” from Céline SS13. And it’s all available to rent, for both editorial and personal purposes. If fashion is a way to uplift ourselves, especially during our current trying times, then Lidow’s space is the ultimate mood booster. As you enter her home, you’re greeted by her grandmother’s eccentric hand-painted mannequins, and once you descend the stairs into the basement-turned-fashion wonderland, you’re immediately entranced by the vibrant colors and prints, sequins, and tulle. A visit here is like playing the ultimate game of dress-up, but for adults—and with real couture. Since the official launch of Lidow Archive in 2019, Lidow’s collection has graced the covers of magazines such as V and has been worn by the likes of Troye Sivan and Mulatto—and she has some big plans for the future. Below, she speaks to Coveteur on the importance of still getting dressed up during quarantine and shares her expert tips for sourcing unique, one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll cherish for life.  

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What sparked you to create a business out of your love for collecting vintage? “I’ve been unknowingly collecting vintage since I was in middle school, and what initially drew me to it was the fact that I could wear vintage clothes and not look like anyone else. When I moved into my first apartment in New York City, I had to get a storage unit to accommodate my rapidly growing collection. Soon it evolved into two storage units and an extra bedroom, and then in 2018 I moved into a space with my girlfriend, where the collection now occupies the entire three-bedroom basement floor of our home. “A few months later, the basement flooded. It was absolutely devastating. I lost about 30 percent of my collection, and the rest had to be sent to a special restoration dry cleaner in order to be salvaged. Needless to say, it cost a fortune, and it also forced me to rethink everything I was doing with my life. At the time, my collection was strictly personal—I would wear all my clothes and use them for my personal styling projects, but that was it. After the flood, I didn’t have any of my clothes for almost two months while they were being restored, which kept me from working but allotted me a lot of time to think. “I knew I had to do more with my collection—these pieces deserved a larger purpose than I had previously given them—and I also needed to figure out how to help pay off the dry-cleaning bill and justify expanding my collection again. When I finally received my pieces back from the cleaners, I started photographing and documenting every single piece. Looking back, I don’t think I quite realized that I was starting a rental business. Documenting what turned out to be over 4,000 pieces was purely out of fear and to cover my bases in case anything were to happen again. A year later in August 2019, Lidow Archive was launched!”  

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What are some of the wildest pieces in your archive? “This one’s hard—we have so many! One of my favorites is this Dolce & Gabbana oversized ‘sex’ belt that was actually custom-made for Cardi B in J.Lo’s ‘Dinero’ music video while she was trying to hide her pregnancy. That was a big score! A comment we often get from visitors at the studio is that we have the iconic Phoebe Philo for Céline toenail shoes. Some other notable pieces are a custom pink suit made out of Barbie heads from one of my favorite designers, Sophie Cochevelou, a Stephen Burrows lettuce-hem ensemble from the 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show, and a reissue of the famous Christian Lacroix top that graced Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover. I really could go on and on… I pride myself on having unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.” Do you actively seek out specific pieces, or do they find you? “Very much both! Since I started shopping vintage as a teenager, I knew it would be counterproductive to go into a store or flea market looking for something specific. Instead I always keep an open mind to see where it leads me and what I find. However, I do seek out specific pieces as well. For example, I’m always on the hunt for vintage Franco Moschino, Marc Jacobs SS17 platform boots, and any missing piece of a set that we don’t already have. We most recently reunited a six-piece vintage 1990s Moschino music-note suit. I have an entire list of specific collections that my right hand, best friend, and archive director Kevin Starynski and I search for every single day. Kevin is absolutely amazing at tracking down these targeted pieces, so he’ll generally focus on that while I focus on looking for more of the ‘unbranded’ types of vintage that is based purely on aesthetic instead of designer label. “Since officially starting Lidow Archive, I’ve also been incredibly honored to have people, some who I’ve never even met before, gift me pieces they had that they think I’d like. I can’t even explain how much joy it brings me that they are always spot-on. Recently, a friend of a friend of my girlfriend’s gave me a money boa—yes, a boa made of fake $100 bills. It’s my new favorite accessory, and sometimes I just wear it around the house when I need a boost.”  

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While I’m sure you can’t tell us *all* your secrets, can you share some of your favorite places for finding one-of-a-kind pieces? “I’m actually a firm believer in sharing my resources—I think there’s enough to go around for everyone, and I love to show my support for the sellers I buy vintage from and the contemporary designers I work closely with by sharing their work with my friends and network. Since I moved to New York in 2013, I’ve been buying from Martha at Gypsy Nation Vintage, a fellow female-owned business. Her shop is magical and full of whimsical pieces, my favorites often being from the ’60s and ’70s. Another place that has quickly become a go-to for me is Thrilling, a fairly new website that compiles amazing vintage from sellers across the country. They are a Black-owned business, and they make amazing themed edits like patchwork, Rocky Horror, Black-owned vintage, The Nanny, and more. I highly recommend following them on Instagram for constant inspiration and insight into their beautiful pieces available for purchase. “When it comes to major vintage platforms like eBay, Gem, and Etsy, I actively favorite pieces I like in order to keep track of them. Even if I have no intention of buying something, having it saved can end up serving as a sort of Pinterest board for me. My Etsy favorites are the most accurate representation of the various waves of inspiration and phases that I go through while searching; most recently, as I scroll through there are sections of feather headpieces, then 1980s jumpsuits, Marie Antoinette costumes, and vintage sewing patterns. “My other favorite way to find unique pieces—and, unfortunately, this doesn’t really apply to the current state of the world—is through travel. In the US, I love Atlanta for colorful vintage in an array of sizes, upstate NY for jewelry and antiques (I once found a CHANEL brooch from fall 1990), L.A. for the best flea markets, and probably my favorite of all, road-tripping through small towns and finding little shops along the way. International vintage is wonderful too, and some of my most cherished pieces I found through literally Googling ‘vintage stores’ in cities from Istanbul to Bali to small towns in Spain.”  

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Do you have any tips for shopping vintage in the current climate? “I think the most important thing to be conscious of when shopping vintage in the current climate is who you’re buying from and to try and shop small as much as possible. If you’re browsing on a platform like Etsy, eBay, Vestiaire, et cetera, before you check out, look to see if the shop you’re buying from has a website or Instagram where you can buy from them directly. That way they’ll get the full profit without having to pay additional fees, which can really help out a small business in this crucial time. “It’s also important to make an effort to buy from Black- and POC-owned shops in order to help actively combat the massive lack of representation in the fashion industry. During quarantine, a lot of issues have been brought to light, and with research I realized there was a huge misstep in the diversity of my vintage collection. Since then I’ve been actively working to better educate myself, update my collection, and share my learning, which I highlight on my Instagram as well. I already mentioned Thrilling as being a great resource for shopping vintage, and some of my favorite vintage Black designers are Byron Lars, Patrick Kelly, and Stephen Burrows.” The global pandemic and months of quarantining at home have certainly impacted the way we get dressed every day. Why do you think it’s important to still get all dolled up from time to time? “Dressing up for me has always been about the fantasy, and since quarantine, I’ve explored that to the extreme. It’s kept me sane and makes me feel like I’m having all these different experiences even when it’s not possible to leave my living room. I think it’s important to get dressed sometimes, even when there’s nowhere to go. Maybe not every day—I’m all for enjoying sweatpants—but at the very least, getting dolled up in these crazy times is a great reminder of who we are, who we fantasize about being, and who we would like to become. Most importantly, it’s fun!”  

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What do you see for the future of Lidow Archive? “Well, I see a lot more clothes in our future, obviously [laughs]. I think the pandemic has forced a lot of small businesses to shift their thinking, and Lidow Archive was no different. During the months of complete shutdown, no one was renting and we had to shift our resources. “We dove into social media, and instead of solely addressing our clients’ needs in our posts, we began creating content that would entertain a wider audience. I see a lot more focus on not only content creation, but expansion in our future. So far we’ve created a video series, ‘Haile’s How-Tos,’ where I help solve all of your problems (in a full look, obviously), and have plans to introduce more of the Lidow Archive fantasy land to everyone through our social channels. We also were fortunate to expand our space during quarantine, but have even bigger things in store for 2021—both in spatial growth and also in our offerings. “I’d also love to continue collaborating with designers on custom pieces for the archive. I love working with small designers—in my opinion, they are the future, after all—and there’s something really special in having a truly unique piece that I can share with the world over and over again through rentals. When travel becomes normal again, I’m excited to explore both the vintage and local designers around the world, filming fun content in my finds along the way.”   Photos: Jess Farran   Want more stories like this? Inside a Fashion Historian’s Vintage-Filled Closet Peek Inside This Spanish Influencer’s Eclectic and Colorful Wardrobe Inside the Prada- and Acne Studios-Filled Closet of Comme Si Founder Jenni Lee


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So what if the first day of spring was followed but yet *another* crazy snowstorm in the Northeast? We’ll continue dreaming of warm sandy beaches and fruity drinks topped with an umbrella or two. Denial—and a vacation—is how we’re choosing to cope, thank you very much. That also means a few more swimsuits are in order, from French-inspired one-pieces to sexy (and comfortable!) bikinis. There’s nothing better than discovering a new swimwear brand, so we went ahead and revealed our favorites—24 swimsuits in all! Now just book that flight, bring a few friends, and enjoy the sunshine. You deserve it.

 


Hannah Baxter

Assistant Editor

1. Matteau Tri Crop Triangle Bikini: Sometimes you just want a classic two-piece swimsuit with an impeccable fit, and Matteau delivers on both. I’m scooping up a few of their Tri Crop bikinis for the summer, starting with this cherry-red version. I can’t wait to board a plane to Jamaica in May and wear it all week long!

2. Flagpole Classic Ali: Flagpole makes the best suits for sporty girls, and their cutout one-pieces are some of my absolute favorites. The Ali comes in a ton of fun colors, but I’m partial to the black. All I need is a pair of huge sunnies, a straw bag, some striped espadrilles, and I’m basically French.

3. Atoll Swim Grand Bahama Bikini: Who cares that your tan lines might look a little *crazy* when your swimsuit is this cute? Load me up with sunscreen, and I’m ready to hit the beach.

 


Meg Gegler

Audience Development Manager

1. Lively Havana Print Swim Set: As a long time LIVELY fan, I was ecstatic to see their launch of the new Havana Swim Series on April 24th. The new Havana print is first on my list for swimwear this summer, for sure!

2. Rebecca Minkoff Nicki Bikini Set: I would describe my style as pretty minimal, so I’m always looking for a good staple swimsuit during the summer—one that will go with almost everything.

3. Bond Eye x BOUND The Marley Bikini Set: Off-the-shoulder anything, I feel, is very flattering on my body type and accentuates my shoulders (thank you, Overthrow Boxing). Sure, this bikini may not make for a good tan line, but it’s cute as hell, so I can’t complain.

 


Tara Gonzalez 

Assistant Editor

1. Made by Dawn Arc Bottom: I’m Spanish, which means I have a deep appreciation for the flamenco girl emoji and a good ruffle. I’ve never seen a bathing suit incorporate one in such an elegant way, but I want this bottom so bad so I can pair it with the Shell Picker Top and a good wide-brim Jacquemus hat.

2. Sidway Karen Hi Rise Bottom: There’s nothing more flattering than a good high-waisted bathing suit, and I’m convinced this look will never go out of style. The polka dots and color on this Sidway bottom have a vintage feel and would look good with so many different tops.

3. Rixo London Mila and Bora Printed Halterneck Bikini: I had no idea Rixo London made bathing suits, but I have never been more excited about a bikini. They make the most amazing patterns, and outer space and the beach are definitely a match made in heaven.

 


Leah Faye Cooper

Senior Features Editor

1. Basic Swim Zip Top: This is one of my favorite bikini top styles: no strings to fuss with tying—and inevitably re-tying throughout the day—and moderate coverage. I also love the zipper detail.

2. Hunza G Solitaire Embellished Seersucker Swimsuit: I took the death of Prince very hard and often honor him by wearing a t-shirt from his Musicology tour. I see this purple bathing suit, which looks so comfortable, as another way to pay homage to my all-time favorite artist.

3. Mikoh Balboa Top: I’m very into the level of plunge happening here (low, but not so low that I’d worry about spilling out of it), and, if you haven’t realized by now, I really like solid swimsuits. This one is getting added to my rotation.

 


Samantha Sutton

Editor

1. Sidway Lisa Low Leg One Piece: I can already picture this bathing suit paired with a wide-brim hat and a cocktail, complete with a fun straw.

2. Solid & Striped The Juliette Wrap-Effect Swimsuit: I’m all about pulling double duty, or rather, heading out to dinner after a trip to the beach. Add a maxi skirt to this Solid & Striped number—complete with its eye-catching button details—and I’ve got myself an easy, cute, and *restaurant-appropriate* look.

3. Rye Hoot Scallop-Edged Triangle Bikini Top: Green and pink is one of my current favorite color pairings, so it was only a matter of time before this squiggly Rye bikini made its way into my cart.

 


Katie Becker

Beauty Director

1. Mara Hoffman Lydia High-Waist Bikini: This is so chic and is a really nice way for someone who hates to wear two pieces to wear a two-piece.

2. ModCloth Good Volley, Miss Molly! Bikini: This is inexpensive and sporty—perfect for a day trip to jump into dipping pools and creeks near Woodstock, NY.

3. Lisa Marie Fernandez Genevieve Seersucker Bikini: I love how very retro this is in cut and color. It would make me feel like Marcia Brady in the best way.

 


Brooke Bunce

Social Media Manager

1. Marysia French Gramercy Maillot: I’ve lusted after Marysia’s adorable scalloped swimwear for some time now, but this maillot takes my obsession to the next level. The deep V in the front and back keeps it sultry, but the flouncy skirt makes it totally appropriate for splashing around in the waves, too.

2. Karla Colletto Prisma One Shoulder One Piece: One-pieces don’t have to be frumpy, and this playful suit proves just that, with colorful peeks of skin and a one-shoulder cut. And because I’m constantly slathered in SPF, tan lines are no obstacle here.

3. Emma Pake Monica One Piece: I love that this classic one-piece gives the illusion that it’s actually two separates. I can already imagine it looking fabulous in pictures because the sheer panels show off my most flattering points while also keeping me comfy and covered.

 


Sarah Conboy

Editorial Intern

1. Lovers + Friends Good Times One Piece: Last summer my favorite swimsuit to wear was a slightly sexy millennial-pink one-piece. However my Instagram feed has seen that one far too many times. For this season, I’m going for the same vibe, but in a different hue. Gen-Z yellow is super hot right now, so I think this one from Lovers + Friends is the perfect fit.

2. Ganni Ipanema Shirred Floral-Print Halterneck Swimsuit: I’m very much in love with Ganni’s microfloral dresses, so when I realized their swimwear has the same prints, I knew I needed to own one. This one-piece is great because it can be worn as a halter or as a bandeau. Plus, the ruched detailing is super fun.

3. Triangl Twinnie - Razz Set: I was born and raised in a small beach town, and therefore I always think about the *actual* practicality of my swimwear. One-pieces are great, and I do love them, but the tan lines? Not ideal. In reality, the best thing to wear while you’re soaking up the sun is something like this set from Triangl. A simple bandeau, cheeky bottom, and made from neoprene (what surfers’ wetsuits are made from), so you won’t lose your ensemble in the ocean waves.

 

 

Top photo fashion credits: Rheya Swim

 

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From the outside looking in, it can often seem like everyone in fashion is dripping in luxury—CHANEL bags, Gucci loafers, Loewe sweaters, you name it. While it might appear that high-end designers are the only acceptable attire, underneath those fancy labels, most editors, influencers, and buyers have a core collection of inexpensive basics. These staple pieces are what connects those standout fashion items and make them even more versatile (without breaking the bank). Whether it's an Amazon muscle tank or a pair of Soffe shorts, here are the 18 affordable wardrobe essentials our staffers swear by.  

Jessica Teves, Head of Content

Fruit of the Loom EverSoft Fleece Elastic Bottom Sweatpants

$9 $7

Elastic waist and bottom, pockets, and ultra-thick, cozy fleece lining? HECK YES! Guys, these are the best sweatpants ever—I highly encourage you to order a pair in every color. You will not be disappointed.

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Aerie No BS Henley Tank Top

$23

I have several of these tanks, mostly in white, and love them for so many reasons, including the price point. Also, the henley material and slight scallop detail on the neckline add a hint of style to this otherwise classic tank, which will quickly become your go-to WFH essential.

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Meladyan Solid Cotton Padded Shoulder Sleeveless Tee

$19

Truth: This boxy top is a full knockoff of The Frankie Shop’s version, but it’s also only $19, and my justification is that I needed to tip-toe financially into the muscle-tee trend. Anyhow, this shirt is good—really good. Order several, and thank me later.

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Camille Freestone, Writer

Hanes Premium 3pk Xtemp Crew Neck T-Shirt Undershirt

$21

An oversize white t-shirt is truly the hero of my wardrobe. I wear them with everything from jeans and a blazer to a silk skirt and sandals. For that reason I like to have multiple so I don’t have to wait for laundry day to wear one. My secret is the 3-pack of Hanes t-shirts from Target. I like to get the men’s ones so they have that super boxy cut, and I always size up!

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DixPerfect Retro Inspired High Cut Low Back One Piece Bathing Suit

$20 - $27

While I absolutely love an on-trend swimsuit, sometimes you crave a no-frills, classic silhouette. I bought this one years ago and pull it out year after year because a black one-piece never goes out of style. I love that it is so simple—no ruffles, laces, or cutouts.

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J.Crew Swedish Stockings Stella Shimmery Socks

$20

When optimizing your WFH ‘fit, it’s all in the accessories. A sweet pair of socks can sometimes give me that extra mood boost I need for the day. Come fall, I plan to pair these with my favorite loafers.

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H&M Embrace High Bermuda Shorts

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Every season I discover another style staple—like these classic high-waisted Bermuda shorts. They’re insanely flattering and a total steal. These shorts are also made from partly recycled materials as part of H&M’s Conscious collection.

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A New Day Tank Top

$8

This is without a doubt my favorite tank top, so I always keep a few in my closet to pair with jeans, leggings, and skirts. The high crewneck is easy to dress up or down, and this particular tank is comfortable but still tight enough to pass for a bodysuit.

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Goody Ouchless Painfree Hair Scrunchies

$5

Whether I’m channeling the ’80s or just pulling my hair back, I always come back to these. They’re the easiest, most versatile hair accessory. I wear them to work out, lounge around at home, or fake an updo on Zoom.

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Fruit of the Loom Woven Boxer Shorts Boxers Underwear

$17

Hear me out people—these cotton boxer shorts are perfect for the “I stole my boyfriends boxers” lounge-around-the-house look. I recently did a tie-dye session with my friends and made them so colorful and fun. I basically live in them now. I’m not sure if this is a quarantine guilty pleasure or a fashion hack that needs to be shared… I’ll let you be the judge.

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Mosaiz 26 Color Tie Dye Kit

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As I mentioned, a DIY tie-dye is the best way to take a cheap basic and make it feel fashion-forward and trendy. Invest immediately, and people will be asking if those old tube socks you tie-dyed are the new Off-White style.

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No Nonsense Soft & Breathable Cushioned Mini Crew Socks

$12

I have spent more time, effort, and money than I would ever like to admit on my quest for the perfect Princess Diana lookalike white ankle socks. They need to be high enough to peak out from a sneaker, but low enough to still make your leg look long and not cut you off in that awkward low calf spot. These are the closest I have ever gotten to the royal jackpot.

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All in Motion Mid-rise Run Shorts in 3”

$18

I am a workout clothing junkie. I promise that I have tried every brand out there, from the luxe to the super affordable. These running shorts from Target have been my go-to this summer as they are lightweight, breathable, and ultra flattering. At $18 a piece, the price cannot be beat. So obviously I purchased four pairs.

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Aerie Offline Burnout Cropped Tank Top

$25 $17

I am always on the hunt for multi-purpose pieces. I love these tank tops because they are great for lounging or at-home workouts, and they also look great paired with a bralette and jeans. I'm currently eyeing all the fun colors to add to my collection. Plus, Aerie always has fantastic sales, which makes the price even better.

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Nike Everyday Lightweight Crew 3-Pair

$14

Does everyone mysteriously lose socks while doing laundry in their own apartment, or is it just me? As a result, I am constantly re-purchasing this three-pack from Nike. I have been meaning to tie-dye a few pairs this summer to add some flair to my sock collection.

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Urban Outfitters Out From Under Markie Seamless Bra Top

$18

If I’m being honest, I’ve probably worn a bra once a week over the course of the pandemic because I live in these bra tops. They’re oh-so-comfortable and offer great support.

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Brandy Melville Griffin Shorts

$16

Biker shorts will most likely be my go-to bottoms for the rest of the year. These are by far my favorite pair—I have at least five now. They’re super stretchy and get even more comfortable over time, and at $16 a pair, you truly can’t beat that.

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Soffe Authentic Classic Shorts

$9

I’ve been wearing Soffe shorts since my high school dance team days, and let me tell you, they're still one of the most comfortable pairs of shorts I own. They’re perfect for lounging around the house, sleeping, physical activities—you name it.

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It's all about excess and more, more, more in this luxurious and indulgent fashion editorial, taken from the Summer 19 issue.


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Carolee, the fashion jewelry company known for its pearls, has tapped a new creative director, Biagio Galotti, to build upon its legacy, elevate the product’s look and feel, and lead a full brand relaunch for fall 2018. Founded in 1972 in Greenwich, Conn., Carolee was acquired by Brooks Brothers in 2001 and served as that…


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When fashion and fine jewelry design collide on the runway, the overall effect is a lot more compelling. The right jewelry adds an intriguing layer to the narrative, whether it’s radical pearls and mega chains or giant cocktail rings. When it’s a bridal runway, the preference is for jewels that are more understated so as to not compete with the embellishments…


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Don’t let the name fool you—there’s nothing skimpy about straight-talking Instagram account Diet Prada, or its mission. The feed, which counts supermodel Naomi Campbell among its 180k followers, calls out designers whose creations outright copy—or borrow heavily from—fashion, jewelry, and accessory designs already in existence. The feed is authored by two fashion-literate content creators who’ve chosen to remain anonymous. This makes sense—their anonymity allows them to…


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Six Caribbean models of 50 models worldwide were given the platform to speak on the ills of the modeling industry, according to Loopjamaica.com. “’What does it mean to be black in fashion?’ was the question posed to 50 Black models in a recent models.com virtual editorial ‘Sea of Voices,’” Loopjamaica.com said. “Well, 50 black models …


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Within these past few months, the state of fashion has revealed itself to be an evolving industry that knows how to keep their audience digitally in tune and intrigued. Strikingly,


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It has been a season like no other for the University of Massachusetts football team. So, it stands to reason that it would end in an unusual fashion.


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The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced the winners of its 2020 Fashion Awards on Monday. And the winners represented the most diverse group in the nonprofit’s 39-year history (though only six of the 30 award nominees were BIPOC individuals). Designer Gabriela Hearst beat out fellow nominees Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate…


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From plush pyjamas to an outfit sparkly enough to hide a hangover, consider this your festive fashion handbook


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LONDON — Kendall Jenner and fellow super models unveiled Burberry's new season designs at London Fashion Week on Monday, a collection that spanned everything from classic and ladylike to sexy,


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(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Although one in four of all adult Indians use tobacco, the country’s addiction runs far deeper. The government, too, has a toxic dependence. It’s called ITC Ltd. Formerly known as Imperial Tobacco of India, later renamed India Tobacco Company, and finally truncated to just ITC, the 110-year-old conglomerate is 29.4% owned by British American Tobacco Plc. About 28.5% is controlled by various Indian state-run insurance companies and a government-controlled bad bank.And therein lies the problem. The large quasi-state ownership is acting as a value trap. It’s preventing the $25 billion enterprise from being carved up into a pure cigarette company, owned by BAT, and a supply-chain platform like China’s Pinduoduo Inc., which is nearly four times bigger in enterprise value. It's a missed opportunity, not just for ITC’s minority shareholders, but for India. Now that the country is giving farmers the freedom to sell their produce outside state-designated market yards, a corporate buyer like ITC that has distribution capabilities in the smallest of Indian towns (thanks to cigarettes) has a shot at building a meaningful digital, agri-business franchise. One that’s able to obtain better prices for producers. As for the core tobacco business, London-based BAT has tried in the past to raise its stake and take over the cigarette maker, but local managers have seen it off using Indian financial institutions’ voting power. However, many investors are now wondering if empire-building by ITC’s management, in the garb of protecting national interests, has gone too far.A cash-strapped New Delhi, which is delaying fiscal support to an economy expected to lose a 10th of its real output this year to Covid-19, also needs to rethink its stance: What additional harm will befall if BAT wins ITC’s successful cigarette division, paying a hefty control premium to acquire smokers, a vanishing breed in developed markets? In return, India can wrest a time-bound commitment from the new owner to steer the revenue toward, say, 25% reduced-risk products like the Swedish snus and heat-not-burn devices. That will mean a fall in future healthcare costs from lower tar consumption. ITC scored 0.62 in Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s 2020 Tobacco Transformation Index, better than China National Tobacco Corp., but way behind BAT, Philip Morris International Inc. and Swedish Match AB. “Companies that offer reduced-risk products are mostly focusing their efforts on selected high/medium income countries, where overall smoking rates are lower and cigarette sales are already declining,” says the new study. India can negotiate a better outcome with BAT.Let the $3.3 billion cash pile plus the non-tobacco parts — hotels, information technology, finance, fashion, potato crisps, paper, safety matches and what not — get sequestered under a separate holding company. The Indian managers get to keep what they can turn into a digital, agri-business-led supply chain, and sell the rest. This way, the government will extract much-needed budgetary resources. The value trapped in the conglomerate will get released.The deadlock between two equally poised large shareholders is hurting minority owners. The stalemate has gone on for too long. A quarter-century ago, the fight was over whether ITC should be setting up power plants. The state-led economy had just started liberalizing and there was an acute shortage of electricity. The Indian cigarette maker was sitting on a cash hoard. Had BAT wrested control, it wouldn’t have allowed the funds to be put into unrelated businesses. But BAT’s tenuous hold weakened after a currency-control violation saw a change in leadership at the Kolkata-based firm.Yogesh “Yogi” Deveshwar, the new chairman in 1996, took the government’s help to defeat BAT’s plan for a separate unit to sell international brands like 555 State Express and Benson & Hedges cigarettes in India. Since then, the local business has increasingly charted its own course. Now, BAT can’t even try to mount a bid for all of ITC because tobacco has been made off-limits for foreign direct investment since 2010. That, too, was done to keep ITC in Indian hands.To what end, though? As much as 84% of ITC’s $2.8 billion pretax profit last year came from cigarettes, but four-fifths of the $325 million-plus capital expenditure was in snacks, hotels and paper. The dividend payout ratio did jump last year to 81%, yet the previous 18 years’ average is just 50%, almost 20 percentage points lower than BAT’s distribution.The U.K. associate, which has just one representative on the Indian firm’s board, has returned $2.1 billion to its own shareholders via buybacks over the past six years. No such luck for ITC investors. They can’t be offered a buyback, lest it increases BAT’s shareholding. Widows and pensioners get a 6% dividend yield, 5 percentage point more than on the benchmark Nifty 50 index. It’s a bit like collecting pennies in front of a value-crunching steam roller. In the past 10 years, ITC shares have lost 11% of their dollar value, while an investment in Nestle India Ltd. has tripled. The opportunity ahead is clear. Agri-business offers the chance “for building a digital platform linking retailers with consumers, something that Chinese companies like Pinduoduo have done successfully," said Gaurav Patankar, head of emerging market equity strategy at Bloomberg Intelligence. As Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, and the 152-year-old Tata Group mimic platforms from the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., ITC can plug another gap, provided New Delhi gives up its addiction.Tobacco is toxic. India is finding that tobacco nationalism is an even harder habit to quit.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Andy Mukherjee is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies and financial services. He previously was a columnist for Reuters Breakingviews. He has also worked for the Straits Times, ET NOW and Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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In nail-biting fashion, the Ryan Raiders survived an overtime thrill against Irving MacArthur at home on Tuesday by escaping with a 59-57 win.


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Fashion designer and Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tan France discussed style, starring in “Queer Eye”, relationships and LGBTQ+ advocacy in a Q&A with OU’s Campus Activities Council Wednesday evening.


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NEW YORK — In celebration of gender-fluid fashion and inclusion of all kinds, the queer-style digital magazine dapperQ threw a runway party at the start of New York Fashion Week,


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It's easier to stick to a skin regimen if you are working from home and have fewer places to go. These budget-friendly beauty buys are my tried-and-true favorites under $10.


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In spite of naysayers, construction delays, website fiascoes and a struggling downtown economy, local entrepreneur Julia Temples, owner of Envy Boutique on Dawson Road, is nearing completion of her latest


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Their superpower is seeing the fourth wall.


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First of all, thank you for the warm welcome back as your fashion gal with the relaunch of The Midwest Dressed!


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Take a peep through local trends at the Zonta Club of Petoskey annual fashion show — this year offered in a virtual format on Nov. 7.


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Super Mario Adventure Starter Course. Fashion Dolls. Mega Cyborg Hand. A gumball machine maker.


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Camilla Covington sings with her emotions sealed to deliver another outstanding single 'Tightrope' that beautifully encloses her smooth, seductive vocal prowess.(Switching Fashion Editorial)


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Super Mario Adventure Starter Course. Fashion Dolls. Mega Cyborg Hand. A gumball machine maker.


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Super Mario Adventure Starter Course. Fashion Dolls. Mega Cyborg Hand. A gumball machine maker.


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Giving the gift of wellness is always in style, especially this year when it comes to balancing health, immunity, and spirit. Stylist Debbie Wright is giving us some great gift


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Beloved fine jewelry designer Judi Powers has teamed up with two other maker-jewelers and a handful of fashion designers (and one felt-toy maker!) to open a seasonal retail store in Hudson, N.Y., that’s scheduled to be open through Dec. 31.  Dubbed 620 Local, the shop is the brainchild of fiber artist Cora Hales, founder of…


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LSU may have beaten Florida in stunning fashion last week, but several players either missed the game because of injury or were battered during the game.


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Like so many of us, Josh Groban discovered that his voice sounds particularly excellent in the shower. Setting aside the fact that his baritone also reverberates in heavenly fashion in


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Somewhere Clark Griswold is smiling.


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LONDON (AP) — Stella Tennant, the aristocratic British model who was a muse to designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, died suddenly at the age of 50, her


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When did you first develop an interest for fashion?


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When we heard that the National Finals Rodeo was cancelled in Las Vegas this year I think a lot of us were disappointed. It's so easy for us Utahn’s to


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This story first ran on BusinessDen.com, a BizWest news partner. DENVER — As an Olympic skier, Kiley McKinnon had tried out almost every women’s skiwear brand on the market. But she was frustrated with the lack of both fashionable and functionable options out there. “Right now on the market there’s obviously many technical brands out there, like North Face or Patagonia, but they don’t market to someone who wants to look and feel good on the mountain in a more fashionable way,” McKinnon said. “Then there’s fashionable companies like Moncler and Bogner, which are high-end and super expensive but don’t always fit everyone’s personal style.” McKinnon, who skied professionally for eight years and competed in freestyle in the 2018 Winter Olympics, wasn’t the only one who was tired of the baggy outfits or tight, expensive options. Her friend Ariana Ferwerda shared the same issue after moving to Denver two years ago and wanting to invest in some new gear. “We agreed on the fact that there was really nothing in the market that resonated with this modern female consumer that wanted something that was fashion-forward, but also sustainable and easily accessible,” Ferwerda said. So, the two set out to start their own skiwear brand, later teaming up with Karelle Golda, who is based in San Francisco and previously helped Serena Williams launch her clothing brand. The three founders launched Halfdays last month, just in time for the ski season. Halfdays’ signature items are the “Lawrence Jacket” and the “Alessandra Pant,” which are available in black, ivory, copper brown, deep hunter green, and mustard yellow. The fitted jacket, which features hidden pockets and attached hand warmers, retails for $345, while the tailored pants, which are designed with an adjustable Velcro strap at the back, are $215 on the company’s website. Halfdays also offers a belted version of the jacket, as well as a mock-neck long-sleeve top and leggings. In addition to gear, Halfdays’ website features an editorial section that highlights ski and travel guides, tips, personal essays, and more. The three founders surveyed more than 200 women to find out what they felt was missing in the skiwear market and help design their first products. Ferwerda, the company’s CEO, previously worked for a data company that helped big brands like Amazon with their marketing strategies, and McKinnon used her knowledge as a professional skier to help design the products. Golda works in marketing and was thinking of starting her own female ski brand before she was introduced to the duo and then decided to join forces. Halfdays sources its recycled material from Taiwan and manufactures its products overseas, according to the founders. They originally invested their own money to get the company started and later sought out external funding. The startup is currently in the middle of raising a pre-seed funding round led by San Francisco-based venture capital firm Precursor Ventures with participation from around 15 angel investors, the founders said. The three founders also recently moved the startup into an …


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Hello friends! This winter has quite the array of ensembles. As I always say, “Your fashion is an expression of your personality, dress to express.”


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Della Big Hair-Stump remembers growing up and watching her grandparents and mother beading and sewing at the dining room table.


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These online retailers are poised to grow once social events make their return in 2021.


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PARIS — Pierre Cardin, the French designer whose famous name embossed myriad consumer products after his iconic Space Age styles shot him into the fashion stratosphere in the 1960s, has


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Here’s your chance to own a Sabyasachi Mukherjee-designed outfit that won’t break the bank. The Indian designer, known for dressing up Bollywood superstars, is collaborating with H&M, the popular fast


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Wedbush bucks overall Wall Street caution to predict a 12.5% upside.


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Shorts are not a fashion choice for James Dixon. They’re a statement, one that he has accepted his body and his amputated leg.


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It's time to lean in to rich textures and oversize silhouettes


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For one of its final fashion editorials for 2019, Haute Living exclusively partners with FENDI Resort 2020 bags, shoes & accessories.


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Fashion designer Donna Karan’s story begins with her grandfather, Israel Faskowitz, who was born on May 20 1874 in Russia. He came to America in 1891, but didn’t become a


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Uptown Martinsville staple Steve Draper and Draper and Ferrell Clothiers have been through major changes in business and fashion.


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French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at age 98. Here's a look at his life and pioneering career in photos.


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For the soon-to-be bride, choosing the perfect dress requires both thoughtful planning and having an open mind, said bridal fashion maven Megan Randle.


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Stemming from pop culture, entertainment and fashion, licensed products can draw in new customers and spark bigger sales.


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Maybe you got caught up in New Year's Eve preparations, making sure you had enough bubbly to kick 2020 to the curb in spectacular fashion. Or maybe you just got


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Not even COVID-19 can turn the holidays ho-hum or cancel fashion concerns for seasonal celebrations – so consider one of these stunning outfits to celebrate the end of 2020 by


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The famed Italian label will leave Paris, instead presenting its coed collection during Milan Fashion Week on September 27.


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During the past year, so many trends have been created and reintroduced in the fashion world. Athleisure is at peak necessity, 90s fashion trends are making a comeback and unconventional


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While runway looks aren't meant to be worn by the everyday person, these outfits might be particularly difficult to pull off.


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HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s 2020 football season ended on Friday in a way that typified the final weeks of a year that started out weird and ended in the same fashion.


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