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Pantone Opts for Ultra Violet for 2018 'Color of the Year'

What we have here in 2017 is a heap of chaos and disruption. What we need in 2018? The Pantone Color Institute thinks whatever that might be will come in the deep purple hue of “Ultra Violet,” its color of the year revealed Thursday. The color wasn’t chosen because it’s regal, though it resembles a majestic shade. It was chosen to evoke a counterculture flair, a grab for originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking, Pantone Vice President Laurie Pressman told The Associated Press ahead of the announcement. [The Fashion Law]

What Makes a Healthy Face?

What makes a face appear healthy? It’s a question psychologists have been grappling with for decades. Early research focused on face shape. So-called “good genes” and a childhood environment free from disease and malnutrition are key to the development of a symmetrical, average, and sex-typical face shape. [Psychology Today]

The Science of Feel

According to Dr Tom Waller, who runs Lululemon’s research and development arm, Whitespace, touch is one of the least understood of the five senses. And yet, touch can be transformative. “Not just the brain, but the entire nervous system and behavioural psychology, is directly related to this thing called the science of feel,” said Waller on the stage of VOICES, BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers hosted in partnership with QIC Global Real Estate. “There are tiny nerve endings — 3,000 pressure sensors — that work as motor controls. [Business of Fashion]

Danielle Brooks Gets Real About Sizeism in Fashion

The first time Danielle Brooks saw herself on a billboard was an emotional experience. “This was baby Dani’s biggest dream come true and I was so elated that I got to be myself,” says Brooks of last year’s towering Times Square image bearing her body in all its natural beauty. “I didn’t have to lose 60 pounds or change. I got to take the time to embrace and love everything that the world had deemed imperfect. [Vogue]

What Can Fashion Tell Us About Art?

One of the perennial yet unresolved debates in fashion concerns the question of whether fashion is art — or, to be fair, whether some fashion can be described as art. Does its ephemeral nature, its roots in consumerism, frivolity and (sometimes) vulgarity, preclude it from achieving such transcendence? [NY Times]

Sexism Is Rampant for Female Fashion Photographers

Working in fashion has required Kristiina Wilson to develop a thick skin. She’s faced criticism because of her age, her weight, and even her sense of style, she says. The twist is that Wilson doesn’t work in front of the camera, but behind it. A fashion photographer for more than a decade, she says that sexism in the industry leads to women being judged for how they look, landing fewer jobs, and earning less money than men for the same work. [RACKED]

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Women of Color Speak Out on What Victoria's Secret Did So, So Right at This Year's Show

It's no secret that Victoria's Secret has been criticized for not being diverse enough when it comes to selecting models for its campaigns and annual fashion show. But in recent years, that has been changing. For example, at the 2016 event in Paris, Jasmine Tookes was the third black model to wear the Fantasy Bra. [Popsugar]

How the Fashions of the 1960s Reflected Social Change

In the 1960s, the fashion world turned "topsy-turvy," as TIME noted in 1967. Nearly every aspect of that revolutionary decade, from the civil-rights movement to the space race, was somehow reflected in the clothing worn by American women. [TIME]

Playboy just made a major change by finally featuring a plus-size model

Playboy isn't a brand that is known for celebrating diversity, but if their recent shoots are anything to go by, it looks like the blonde cookie cutter clones are out. After featuring their first ever transgender Playmate, Ines Rau, the brand are making more baby inclusive steps by shooting plus size model, Molly Constable. [COSMOPOLITAN]

Solange Is the New Face of Calvin Klein Underwear

In 2014, Calvin Klein launched the #MYCALVINS campaign. That meant that everywhere you looked (on Instagram anyway), the famous and the unfamous posted snaps of themselves in...yes, their Calvin [Klein underwear]. [ELLE]

Top Fashion Companies Come Together to Improve Children’s Rights

H&M, Kering and VF Corporation are among the companies that have joined a new network, set up by the world’s biggest wealth fund and Unicef, to address the plight of children in the garment production industry. After focusing on industries like coal and weapons, Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is turning its attention to fashion. Together with Unicef, the world’s biggest wealth fund is setting up a network with some of the top fashion companies to improve children’s rights, whether they are exploited in the production of garments and shoes or impacted by the industry in other ways. [Business of Fashion]

Ashley Graham celebrates her 30th birthday with a new swim collection

Supermodel Ashley Graham didn't take a day off for her 30th birthday. Instead she and seven of her closest friends headed to Costa Rica, where they rented a private villa, to shoot a campaign for Graham's swim line. Graham has been a crusader in the body positivity moment, her first Swimsuits for All campaign, highlighted that plus-size women don't always want to hide their bodies — they can rock a string bikini with confidence. [Harpers Bazaar]

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Azzedine Alaïa Passes Away

According to a French media report in Le Point, Azzedine Alaïa has passed away at the age of 77. Alaïa was one of the industry’s few designers willing to follow his own conventions and ignore fashion schedules, creating his collections at his own pace. His ability to do so stemmed from his prodigious talent and fashion’s seemingly insatiable appetite for his designs. [Business of Fashion]

New research shows most women report more body dissatisfaction directly after seeing fashion and bikini models

Chapman University has published research measuring women's perceptions of how media impacts their body image. Results showed that many women reported feeling worse about their bodies when shown media images of bikini or fashion models, compared to those shown images of paintings or products. [MedicalXpress]

Amazon is Tricking Consumers with its “Ships from and sold by Amazon” Label, Per New Suit

Amazon’s marketplace platform is notoriously inundated with counterfeit goods. Aware of this fact, but unable to resist the convenience of Amazon Prime 2-day shipping, you purchase something that “ships from and [is being] sold by Amazon.com,” under the impression that there is a greater chance the product will be authentic since it’s being sold by Amazon and not a random third-party. [The Fashion Law]

Serena Williams Weds In McQueen Ball Gown

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian wed at a star-studded, French-ball style ceremony in New Orleans this week, with the bride opting for a custom Alexander McQueen ball gown to wear for her nuptials. [VOGUE]

J.Crew Responds To Critics Calling The Brand Out For Irresponsibly Styling Natural Hair

J.Crew is being called out on Twitter for irresponsibly styling a black model’s natural hair — and people have a lot to say about it. Atlanta-based makeup artist Dae Louise took to Twitter to post a screenshot from J.Crew’s website where a model is pictured with what’s supposed to be a “messy bun” — but is really just a mess. [Huffington Post]

This Plus-Size Model Re-created Victoria's Secret Ads — and She Looked Freakin' Beautiful

If you haven't heard of Tabria Majors, you will now. The curvy model made headlines when she re-created several Victoria's Secret campaign photos. The point of the shoot, according to Tabria, was to "revisit the conversation of average-sized women being represented in mainstream media." [Popsugar]

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This Is Not “Art” or “Fashion,” It is Objectification

In addition to victimizing women – by way of ad campaigns and editorials, alike – fashion thrives on the practice of objectifying women. This is a long-standing practice and in recent years often includes hyper-sexualized fragrance ads for the market’s biggest brands, and extends to apparel and cosmetics ads – for Tom Ford’s eponymous label, for instance, and during his tenure at Gucci from 1990 to 2004. [The Fashion Law]

What MoMA Doesn’t Get About Fashion

Is Fashion Modern?, the first fashion exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art since 1944, constitutes an enormous, flawed argument for the inclusion of clothing design in MoMA’s archive. It pulls together 111 different pieces—mostly clothing but some accessories—that have been influential over the past century and more. [New Republic]

The Psychology of Designer Handbags

 A woman walks into one of the large flagship stores on London’s Bond Street, where she is greeted by a vast display of handbags. Pouches, totes, cross-body, baseball style, shoulder bags and shoppers — the whole handbag family is there, with price tags upwards of £1,000 ($1,317). [Business of Fashion]

Naomi Campbell: ‘People try to use your past to blackmail you. I won’t allow it’

At a big and ritzy Halloween party in New York two Saturdays ago, a lot of highly famous people dressed up as other highly famous people. Naomi Campbell, however, went as herself. Why deign to masquerade as some lesser being when you are already an internationally acknowledged apogee of fabulousness? [The Guardian]

13 Asians On Identity And Struggle of Loving Their Eyes

When we talk about Asian eyes, we talk about slantedness, roundness, smooth monolids and deep eyelid folds. But what we’re also talking about is Westernization, beauty standards and self-acceptance. [Huffington Post]

Unpaid Workers Have Been Leaving Messages in Zara Clothing in Istanbul

A spokesperson for Inditex, which owns Zara, released the following statement to ELLE.com: "Inditex has met all of its contractual obligations to Bravo Textil and is currently working on a proposal with the local IndustriALL affiliate, Mango and Next to establish a hardship fund for the workers affected by the fraudulent disappearance of the Bravo factory’s owner. [ELLE]

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The One Mistake You’re Making With Your Heels

Not all heels are created equal. So if you're wondering how to make high heels more comfortable, first consider this: The height of your heel—not the shape of the shoe (or the fact that it’s a heel)—is what’s likely behind your pain. [InStyle]

 

Retailers Cannot Afford to Treat Plus-Size Fashion as an Afterthought Anymore

"Retailers have a plus-size problem," Bloomberg wrote last year. This remains true. While no shortage of brands, particularly traditional retailers, are struggling to boost sales "as shoppers spend more of their money on electronics and experiences, rather than on garments," more often than not, these same retailers are opting to overlook a critical segment of the population: The $20 billion market that is comprised of women who wear size 12 and above. [The Fashion Law]

 

Fashion, faith and culture come together through the global art of head wrapping

There’s no shortage of glam at a yearly Michigan fashion show where men, women and children glide down a runway while music booms in the background. But what sets this catwalk apart is the celebration of modest and “fly” looks. [PRI]

 

Louis Vuitton Unpacks Its First Exhibit In New York City

Louis Vuitton is breaking new ground. For the first time ever, the legacy French fashion house is presenting a major exhibition in North America — in downtown New York City, at the site of the former American Stock Exchange, to be specific — dedicated to the item that started it all: steamer trunks, and the countless iterations that came after it. [Refinery29]

 

Rihanna Channels Egyptian Queen Nefertiti in New Cover For Vogue Arabia

Rihanna graces the cover of the November issue of Vogue Arabia with a look that pays homage to ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. Rihanna, who has a tattoo of the Egyptian icon on her ribcage, wears a blue headdress and a textured lace coat on the cover of the magazine, which hits newsstands Nov. 1. [POPSUGAR]

 

Most Men Are Clueless About How To Dress Up, Says New Survey

According to a recent survey, most men are stumped by a few common style and grooming rules. AskMen recently surveyed 21,480 men from Sept. 27 to Oct. 18 to figure out what they do and don’t know about topics like fitness, style, grooming, dating and sex. Out of the 208 questions asked in the survey, the male study sample answered 147 questions correctly. [Huffington Post]

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Why is Fashion Lagging Behind in its Efforts to Ward off Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment and mistreatment of models has "always been widely known and tolerated in the fashion industry," according to Christy Turlington. “The industry is surrounded by predators, who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us [models] have experienced at some point in our careers. [The Fashion Law]

This company makes bras for girls with asymmetrical boobs

Did you know that basically everyone has some form of asymmetry in their breasts? Yep, it's super common and your lopsided boobs are totally normal, but it can make bra hunting a regular pain in the tit. [COSMOPOLITAN]

This Amazing Project Highlights The Most Stylish Black Men In Fashion

Women are regularly celebrated and commended for their style, but when it comes to men, they don’t always receive the same praise for their choice of fashion. Former first lady Michelle Obama even admitted that former President Barack Obama wore the same exact tuxedo over and over throughout their eight years in the White House, while we scrutinized every single outfit she wore. [ESSENCE]

Tommy Hilfiger Creates Fashion Line for People With Disabilities

With retail traffic slowing and apparel brands fighting harder than ever for customers, Tommy Hilfiger is going after a largely untapped market: people with disabilities. [Business of Fashion]

Koreans do it better

Here's the thing about Koreans: they're pretty major. Their economy is big, their menswear industry is booming, the buildings are tall - even they are tall. [GQ]

How One Afrobeats Superstar Is Reinventing Ghana’s Most Prized Fashion Treasure

E.L, the Afrobeats singer and rapper, is picky about his kente. A fabric of the Asante people, one of Ghana’s largest ethnic groups, it has been handmade from silk and cotton on looms with painstaking precision for centuries. And yet, because of its global popularity, the local market has been flooded with poor imitations of the original. [VOGUE]

 

 

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 These Striking Photos Demonstrate Why We Need to Stop Using "Nude" as a Color
How many times have you described a lipstick as "nude" without really thinking? In the beauty world, pinkish-beige has come to be interchangeable with "nude," but the reality is that nude does not mean the same thing for everyone. [Popsugar

 

As Trump Makes Visas More Difficult to Obtain, What Effect Will This Have on Fashion?
The Trump administration is - potentially inadvertently - making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than nearly any point during the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters. [The Fashion Law]

Why India and China May Be The Solution To The World's Fast Fashion Crisis
Consumers these days are no longer strangers to the dark underbelly of the $3 trillion fashion industry. The textile and garment industry, second only to oil in its polluting effects, has been criticized for its labor standards, hazardous chemicals, and greenhouse gas and waste production. [Forbes]

 

Rihanna Confirms: Fenty Beauty is 100% Cruelty-Free
While Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, which launched earlier this month, has received loud praise for being tailored to a wider range of skin-tones–40 shades of foundation in total–pet-friendly fans have recently asked for assurance that RiRi’s brand hasn’t been tested on animals. [People

 

Milan Fashion Week: Highlights from backstage, runways and front rows
In a return of the 1990s supermodels, model and former French First Lady Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen struck a pose at Versace, honoring their late friend Gianni Versace. [HELLO!]

Reddit's Four Rules for Starting Your Own Streetwear Brand
These days, starting a successful streetwear brand requires little more than access to a screenprinter and an Instagram account. That’s just one reason that the audience for Reddit’s Streetwear Startup forum has ballooned to over 14,000 followers. [GQ]

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London Fashion Week Kicks Off, With Local Talents and Overseas Brands
London kicked off fashion week on Friday to pleas from the local fashion industry to protect the city’s international outlook as uncertainty about Britain’s impending departure from the EU hung in the air for the second year in a row. [The Fashion Law]

 

Naomi Campbell On Women of Colour In Fashion: 'We Don't Want To Be A Trend'
The supermodel and face of H&M's Fall collection campaign praises the brand for being one of the only labels to deliver longstanding diversity [ELLE]

Serving Those The Fashion Industry Ignores
A good rule of thumb for any entrepreneur is to address the needs of those who feel they have been ignored. For Peter Manning, that meant addressing his own. Manning, founder of the New York-based clothing company that bears his name, is targeting a clientele he can relate to: the 30 million men in the U.S. whose height does not exceed 5 feet, 8 inches; a demographic ill-served by most clothiers. [Forbes]

 

How Adwoa Aboah is shaking up the fashion industry
A familiar face on the catwalk, the outspoken model also tackles difficult issues on her online platform. Adwoa Aboah is both the poster girl for modern fashion and one of its most vocal critics. [The Guardian]

Forever 21 Accused Of Copying T-Shirt That Benefits Planned Parenthood
Another day, another fast-fashion retailer has been accused of ripping off yet another indie designer. Unfortunately, this time around it’s not just a T-shirt you’ve seen all over Instagram — it's one that benefits charity. [Refinery29]

 

Are We Drawn To Colours That Meet Our Psychological Needs?
Does black make you think of evil, while red warns you of danger? Does yellow make you smile and blue make you dreamy? Colours arouse strong emotions in all of us. These emotions may be linked to memories. [HuffPost]

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What It’s Truly Like to Be a Fashion Model
For decades, modeling was the silent profession. But not any longer. In interviews with The New York Times, young women discuss racism, sexual abuse and the fashion industry’s obsession with extreme youth. [The New York Times]

 

Why Color Psychology is Key to Digital Marketing
From the orange at Hermès to the red coating of Christian Louboutin‘s shoe soles, brands have often distinguished themselves by incorporating emblematic colors into their products. The increasing amount of trademark infringement lawsuits are indicative of just how much brands rely on certain colors as integral parts of their DNA — and the lengths they’ll take to protect their singular use. [FN]

Banning size zero models is small fry. What fashion needs is diversity
New York Fashion Week hadn’t even begun when the big story emerged: the luxury groups LVMH and Kering have pledged to stop using underage and size zero models in their catwalk shows and ad campaigns. [The Guardian]

 

Fenty x Puma
‪Rihanna’s Instagram handle is BadGalRiRi for a reason. The pop star has an insatiable appetite for danger, and her risk-taking swagger permeates everything she does, not least her sense of style. [VOGUE]
 

Prada's Profits Fall, as Brand Says Revamp is Taking Longer Than Expected
Italian fashion house Prada reported a sharp drop in first-half profits on Friday and warned it would take longer than expected to turn the ailing company around.  A year ago, Italy’s largest luxury goods company by revenue said it expected to return to sales and profit growth in 2017 after being hit hard by a slowdown in its markets. [The Fashion Law]

Freelancers sue Ebony magazine, claiming $70,000 in unpaid work
A group of 38 Ebony freelancers filed a lawsuit against the magazine Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming they are collectively owed more than $70,000 for their work. [Chicago Tribune]